The father of Nikki Yadav’s partner, who killed her and put her body in a fridge at a roadside restaurant owned by his family in Delhi, had previously been arrested in a murder case, police sources said Monday.
Police have taken Sahil Gehlot and his father Virender to the dhaba where Nikki’s body was found in a refrigerator, to recreate the crime scene, sources said.
The police arraigned Virender, Sahil’s two cousins, Ashish and Naveen, and two friends Amar and Lokesh, at the residence of the magistrate on duty on Friday.
According to the police, Sahil and Nikki got married in a temple three years ago. Nikki had invited her family to the wedding, but they did not approve of the marriage due to caste differences.
Police suspected the involvement of Sahil’s father, cousins and two friends and had also questioned and arrested them after finding their answers contradicted Sahil’s statement, sources said.
A day after their arrest, police took them to the dhaba where Sahil had put Nikki’s body in a refrigerator, they added.
According to the police, his friends said that Nikki and Sahil got married in 2020 when they lived in Greater Noida.
“So the police took Sahil to the house in Noida where they lived. The neighbors were also questioned,” sources said.
The investigation so far has revealed that Nikki’s relatives knew about her marriage, although they have denied it from the start.
Police are currently examining the suspects’ phone logs and records to find out who was involved in the conspiracy and how they planned the murder, sources said.
Sahil Gehlot was returned to five days of police detention last week.
Nikki was allegedly strangled by her partner after learning of his impending marriage to another woman, police said. Sahil was arrested last Tuesday.
The suspect got engaged on February 9. Before that, he went to Nikki in her flat. They left early in the morning and visited many places in Delhi where an argument broke out over his engagement to another woman. In doing so, he got angry and strangled Nikki with a charging cable, according to police.
“After that, he kept the victim’s body in the refrigerator in a dhaba in Mitraon village and then went to his wedding,” he added.
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