• Monday, March 20, 2023


In Shraddha Walkar case rerun, Delhi man dumps live-in partner’s body in fridge after murder, marries hours later

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By: Shubham Ghosh

In a rerun of the horrific Shraddha Walkar murder incident which rocked India in recent months, a man was arrested on Tuesday (14) for allegedly murdering his live-in partner and stuffing the body in a refrigerator at his eatery located on the outskirts of Mitraon village in Najafgarh in Delhi. What is even shocking is that the man allegedly married another woman hours after committing the crime.

It was reported that the accused, identified as Sahil Gahlot, strangulated his partner and married the other woman soon after dumping the victim’s body in the refrigerator.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that the 24-year-old Gahlot confessed before Delhi Police that he met the victim Nikki Yadav in 2018 at a coaching centre in Uttam Nagar area, an India Today report said.

They reportedly started a relationship after some time and lived together, the report added.

According to Gahlot, his family was pressuring him to marry another woman and last December, his engagement and marriage were fixed for February 9 and 10, respectively.

The accused reportedly did not inform Yadav about his engagement or marriage plans. But she came to learn about it and confronted Gahlot. Arguments followed between the two and ended up Gahlot strangulating his partner with a data cable. He then dumped the body and returned home to get married to the other woman.

He told the police that he murdered his partner in the intervening night of February 9 and 10 and married hours later, the India Today report added.

Additional deputy commissioner of police (Dwarka) Vikram Singh said the police received information on Tuesday morning that a woman had been killed and the corpse was hidden at the eatery on the village outskirts.

Gahlot is a resident of Mitraon village while Yadav was a resident of Jhajjar in the northern state of Haryana.

The incident reminded one of the gruesome murder of Walkar, a 27-year-old woman who was murdered by her 28-year-old live-in partner Aftab Amin Poonawalla in Delhi in May last year. The case, however, came to light almost six months after the killing when Walkar’s family lodged a missing person’s complaint after learning from her friends that they could not contact her for more than two months.

Poonawalla allegedly strangled Walkar over an argument and following the murder, chopped the body into 35 pieces and used a refrigerator to store the body parts. They were then scattered in a local forest area over a period of 18 days. Poonawalla was arrested in November last year.

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