The killer in the Chinhat woman’s murder case had visited victim’s house on a motorcycle bearing police monogram. The same was surfaced after the police arrested the suspect and the bike was recovered on Wednesday. His image was captured in CCTV installed near the crime scene.
The victim Sundara Devi was found murdered at her present accommodation at an under construction shopping complex in Officers’ Colony in Chinhat on Tuesday afternoon. Police ran the theory of suicide saying some person had informed police control room that the woman had ended her life by hanging. However, when victim’s husband, Vijay’s statement that his wife was murdered as a dupatta was found tied around her neck after loot went viral on social media, the police was pushed to backfoot.
By night on Tuesday, senior police officials including ASP North and CO Gomti Nagar AC Srivastava reached the scene for investigation of the case. Victim’s husband claim was endorsed when the police scanned the CCTV footage and a suspect was seen reaching the house and coming out of the house in one of the footages. The suspect was not wearing helmet and a police monogram was found embossed at the registration number plate. Despite this the police detained Vijay suspecting his credentials.
On Tuesday, the police succeeded in tracing the owner of the motorcycle, Sushil Kumar Pandey, of Rehmanpur in Chinhat, and reached his house. It surfaced that one Raj Mishra of Kanchanpur of Matiyari locality had borrowed the bike from Pandey. Police intensified Raj’s search and nabbed him in afternoon.
According to Circle Officer, AK Srivastava, Raj had gone to victim’s house where one Ashish used to live earlier, to take back his Rs 1000 from him. When Raj reached there he saw a woman (victim) was opening some articles from a box. The victim started shouting atop her voice saying a thief had barged her house. “Raj got apprehensive as he thought that he would be nabbed by the residents and would be beaten to death. So he gagged woman’s mouth to stop her from shrieking. Raj then strangled her throat with a dupatta and fled the scene,’ the CO Gomti Nagar claimed. He said Raj did not know victim and her husband Vijay.
Police theory failed to answer many of the media query. The police failed to explain why Raj did not flee the scene when the woman started crying for help. The police also failed to give details of the autopsy of the woman.