Prime accused in Shahdara murder held
The accused had been hiding in Mumbai, from where he and his associate Junaid were arrested; a juvenile was also apprehended.
Displaying swift investigative work, Delhi Police on Saturday arrested 23-year-old Adil for stabbing an aspiring air hostess to death outside her house in Delhi's Shahdara.
The accused had been hiding in Mumbai, from where he and his associate Junaid were arrested. Moreover, a juvenile boy was also apprehended.
On July 5, the stabbing of 21-year-old Riya was caught on CCTV cameras around the shop where she was chased and murdered.
Police had formed 10 special teams to arrest the accused, who fled soon after the incident.
The teams developed and collected all information and clues to arrest him. His whereabouts were tracked several times through technical surveillance and intelligence input.
"We really appreciate the positive response of Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Mumbai Police for assisting our teams in conducting raids in their jurisdiction," said Nupur Prasad, DCP, Shahdara.
In the course of his interrogation, Adil confessed his involvement in the murder and stated that he was friends with the deceased for the last three years.
A few days before her death, Riya had started avoiding him.
Adil discussed the issue with his friend Junaid and the juvenile, who though that she had ditched Adil.
"So a plan was made to kill her and, therefore, they went to purchase a knife from Chhota Bazaar, Shahdara. Adil tasked his associates to recce the area and inform him whenever she left her house," said the DCP.
After he saw her, Adil approached her and tried to talk to her. However, it turned into a verbal altercation and he stabbed her.
After some bystanders saw the incident and gathered there, Adil brandishing the knife in the air and ran away.
The victim was rushed to hospital with multiple stab injuries, where she was opererated upon. However, due to excessive bleeding she succumbed to her injuries.
Meanwhile, Riya's family members had earlier raised questions over the alertness of the police, as they alleged that Adil's harassment had already been reported to the cops, but no action had been taken.