Girlfriend, 2 others inject acid into youth, throw body into drain

MORADABAD: A 19-year-old gym instructor and the owner of the gym have been arrested for the murder of a 20-year-old youth, who was missing since February 6. His body was found on Thursday. Police said the victim was administered acid injections and assaulted with iron rods. Police are looking for another accomplice of the alleged killers.

Addressing a press conference, additional SP Mohammad Imran said Saurabh Saxena’s girlfriend Sadaf alias Nishi along with the gym owner Khurshed Alam and another instructor of Lucknow. Identified as Nihal Haider, planned to abduct Saurabh and demand a ransom of Rs 10 lakh from his family. Saurabh’s father is a bank manager.

On the morning of February 6, Saurabh, a resident of Ramganga Vihar, went out for a morning walk along with his girlfriend Nishi. He went missing thereafter. After the six days, his body was found at a Bhola Singh ki Milak locality that comes under the jurisdiction of Majhola police station. Police fished out his body from a drain.

Police claimed that Nishi, who a receptionist-cum-instructor at the gym, its owner Khurshed Alam and a male instructor Nihal Haider were facing a financial crunch and were unable to bear the expenses of running the establishment. Therefore, they allegedly hatched a plot to extract money from Saurabh’s family.

Police claimed that Nishi had called him for the morning walk and then taken him to the gym, where in the changing room her accomplices Khurshed Alam and Nihal Haider were waiting.

Additional SP Mohammad Imran said, “They killed Saurabh because they had thought that he would disclose their identity. None of the accused has any criminal history,” he added.

Giving details, he said Nishi was the first who injected acid into Saurabh’s heart.

A surveillance team of Moradabad police was constantly monitoring the culprits ever since Saurabh’s family had informed police about him.

After committing the crime, the assailants pulled down the shutters of the gym. They placed the body inside an empty drum and threw it into a drain at Majhola.

Police have seized the syringes of acids and the iron rods used in the crime. Nishi and Khurshed Alam were sent to jail on Friday. Raids are on to nab their third accomplice, Nihal Haider, who hails from Mufti Ganj of Lucknow.

Source: The Times of India

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