3 held in city over murder of woman on Delhi road

Faith Castro
July 9, 2017

"One of the informers told us on Friday that three strangers were staying at the residence since Thursday night", A Mumbai police officer said.The three were picked up and later identified as Aadil, Junaid Ansari (19), and a juvenile.The Delhi Police said that Aadil planned the murder with his two friends.Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara) Nupur Prasad said that Aadil had been in a relationship with Ria for three years and had got enraged when she didn't want to continue."On July 3, Aadil met Junaid and the minor, and told them that Ria didn't want to speak to him any more". They said he calmly recounted how he had lain in wait for two days for a chance to kill Ria, 21. He then hatched a conspiracy to kill her along with two of his friends.

On Friday night, the men were caught just as they were about to leave from Behrampada, the police said. An analysis of CCTV cameras and other intelligence helped the police trace the culprits' route, they said. He then took out a knife and stabbed her multiple times, which led to her death. She also tried to save herself by entering into a shop.

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A CCTV grab of the incident showed Adil attacking Riya and she running away from him. However, it was empty and the accused followed her inside and continued to stab her. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she was admitted in the ICU. Her family had alleged that she had filed a police complaint against Khan but no action was taken. The accused Adil had been absconding since committing the murder. Around 5.30 p.m. on Wednesday, she had stepped out for groceries when Khan accosted her around 100 metres from her house. Riya succumbed to injuries on Thursday. Later, she was stabbed by Khan in a busy market. Over two months had passed between the date of complaint and the day of the murder, with the police not registering an FIR during this period. "But when she ignored him, he attacked her", said a police official, quoting a witness. When she ended it abruptly and without telling him why, his friends in Aligarh convinced him that the girl had used him to fulfil her needs. Khan had allegedly been harassing her and would often ask her to talk to him.

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