What began as a mysterious murder case a year ago for the Meerut police ended up as a horrific tale of love jihad gone wrong as the investigations proceeded. It took a year for the cops to solve the murder case of a headless and armless body discovered by a farmer named Suresh in Meerut’s Lohia village on 13th June 2019. The entire village was shaken when a woman’s naked and dismembered body was found buried. The murder came to light when Suresh (Ishwar Pandit as per News18 report) saw stray dogs fishing out a severed arm from the ground from the field of one Ahmed.
Investigations have revealed that the victim was a 19 year-old girl named Ekta Kumari who belongs to Dehra Tehsil’s Chanaur Village located in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. She was residing in Ludhiana with her parents where she was pursuing Bachelor of Commerce from Khalsa College. When the body was discovered the police were faced with the uphill task of identifying the victim as the body was mutilated and all identity markers had been destroyed. The police registered an FIR (First Information Report) against unknown persons and sent the body for post-mortem. A special team was formed to work on the case by SSP Ajay Kumar Sahani considering the seriousness of the issue.
This team set out to crack the case with literally no clue and leads at their disposal. The team began looking for clues by searching for ‘missing person reports’ with District Crime Record Bureau and State Crime Record Bureau. When this failed to yield any positive result the team conducted an inquiry about villagers who were working in other states. The team then contacted police in those cities which came up in their inquiry to look for ‘missing person’ complaints. They also started tracing active mobile numbers in the area when they stumbled upon a strange thing. One of the functional mobile numbers was registered in Ludhiana.
Their efforts yielded results at last when the Meerut police team reached Ludhiana and learned that a young girl had gone missing from Motinagar area last year. The girl was the daughter of a taxi business owner. Suspicion of the police was raised further when they learned that Rs. 25 lakhs worth of family jewelry were stolen as well. The team was able to match the photo with the recovered body to a large extent.
What unfolded was a tale of deception, betrayal and a cold-blooded murderer with no trace of remorse in the man who introduced himself as Aman to Ekta but turned out to be Mohammad Saqib. When the police officials met the family the latter informed them that they believed their daughter had eloped with her boyfriend. However, they didn’t suspect anything amiss as she was constantly active on social media (SM). The reality, though, was vastly different and Saqib had been using Ekta’s phone to upload her photos on SM so that it wouldn’t raise any suspicion.
Police investigations revealed Saqib met Ekta who had taken up a part-time job as an event manager, against the wishes of her family, in early 2019. He identified himself as Aman pretending to be a Hindu in an attempt to conceal his Muslim identity. Saqib was a school dropout working as an assistant in a shop in Ludhiana that sold talismans. As per reports, he was into occult practices (vashikaran tantra) as well. Love blossomed between the two and Saqib convinced Ekta to elope with him. The two then ran away after Ekta took away jewelry worth 25 lakhs rupees from her home. The two lived together for about a month at a rented apartment in Karnal district where Saqib set up his occult practice’s office.
Saqib reached his home in Meerut with Ekta and it then that the girl realized he was a Muslim who had hidden his identity. The revelation resulted in a fight between the two. Saqib somehow managed to calm her down and took her out under the pretext of going for a stroll. He then gave her a spiked drink and then murdered the unconscious girl by slitting her throat. He then unclothed the body, chopped it into pieces and erased all identity markers. Six people have been arrested in this case including Saqib, his father, brother, sister-in-law and other family members.
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