Rebuffed lover killed woman in Delhi guesthouse

March 31st, 2008 - 6:27 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) A man and his cousin were arrested Monday for allegedly murdering a woman at a guesthouse in south Delhi after she turned down his proposal for marriage, the police said. Ashish Nandwana and his cousin Manoj were held for stabbing Shashi, 24, at the Central Guest House in Nizammudin area early Saturday.

Shashi, a resident of Ranchi, Jharkhand, was a student of the Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess Training in Jaipur, where she stayed with her elder sister.

The police said Shashi and three of her friends - Ashish, Manoj and Julie, all in their early 20s and residents of Jaipur - had checked into the guesthouse early Saturday.

They were allotted two rooms after Ashish provided his driving license as identity proof to Shahid Siddiqui, manager of the guesthouse. He said the youths were served tea and snacks at 6 a.m.

“But three hours later, they all came down the stairs supporting a bleeding Shashi in between them. They said she had slipped in the bathroom and had to be rushed to a hospital,” Siddiqui said. Ashish returned to the guest house around 2 p.m. to check out, Siddiqui added.

Shashi was admitted to a nearby private hospital. Doctors at the hospital were suspicious after examining the deep stab wounds on her stomach and neck. Shashi succumbed to her injuries in the evening.

The hospital authorities informed the police and her three friends were detained for interrogation.

They told the police that she had a scuffle with them, after which she pulled out a knife and stabbed herself.

The police found several discrepancies in their accounts and individually interrogated the trio at length.

“Ashish, in his interrogation, said that Shashi came to Delhi on March 23 and was staying with her other friends. When he asked her about that, she snapped at him,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South Delhi) H.G.S Dhaliwal.

“Ashish proposed marriage to her, but she bluntly turned it down saying that she would marry at her own wish. The refusal enraged Ashish and in a fit of rage he and his cousin Manoj murdered Shashi,” he said.

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