Knowing that his WhatsApp chat with Nikki Yadav could be used as evidence against him, the accused chose to delete all the data. He had previously argued with Nikki Yadav multiple times through this mode of communication, which further motivated his decision to erase the messages.
Love, murder and marriage, all in one day: Nikki Yadav’s killing shocks Delhi
In the killing of 25-year-old Haryana woman Nikki Yadav, who was allegedly strangled by her boyfriend Sahil Gehlot with a charging cable, Sahil revealed during the interrogation that Nikki was with him on the night of February 9 after which he killed her in the parking lot around Nigam Bodh Ghat between 8.30am and 9.30am on February 10.
Meanwhile, the Crime Branch team are checking the CCTV footage of the parking of Nigam Bodh where the accused has given the location.
After killing Nikki, the accused switched off her phone and kept it with him and took out her SIM, the crime branch of Delhi police said.
Nikki Yadav’s phone has also been recovered from accused Sahil.
According to the crime branch sources, since today morning the accused Sahil Gehlot is being thoroughly investigated and was also taken to Kashmere Gate where he killed Nikki in the car.
Moreover, the Police are also planning to take Sahil to Nizamuddin, Anand Vihar Railway Station where he had taken Nikki on the night of the murder to know the complete sequence and exact place and time of Nikki’s murder, sources said.
CCTV: Is this the last time when Nikki Yadav was seen alive?
Earlier on Wednesday, the Crime Branch team reached Nikki’s flat on Wednesday evening and took possession of the CCTV DVR of the flat as it is the most important evidence in the case.
From murder to marriage in 24 Hours!, chilling details we know so far
The CCTV camera footage installed in the flat shows the accused Sahil Gehlot going inside the flat, who came around 12 to 1 am and then taking Nikki Yadav out of that flat.
The crime branch team has also checked the footage of CCTV cameras of many routes in Param Puri of Uttam Nagar and taken them in their possession.
The crime branch team has also questioned some people living in the flat about Nikki Yadav and accused Sahil Gehlot.
Earlier on Wednesday, the last rites of Nikki Yadav, who was allegedly strangled by her boyfriend with a charging cable, were performed in her native Haryana’s Jhajjar.
Nikki was strangled to death allegedly by her partner after she came to know of his impending marriage with another woman, police said.
After his arrest on Tuesday, the accused Sahil Gehlot was presented before a Delhi court and sent to five-day police remand.
DCP Crime Branch Satish Kumar said that the accused is on remand for five days and an inquiry is on to identify the route taken that night.
“The accused is on remand for five days. Inquiry is on. Our multiple teams are working to identify the route taken that night. We are also scanning CCTV footage,” said the DCP crime.
Kumar further said that on February 9 there was an argument about his marriage and Sahil got and strangulated the victim with a mobile cable.
The accused was getting engaged on February 9. The accused went to meet Nikki at her flat and left early in the morning, they went to many places in Delhi, during which there was an argument about his marriage. During this, he got angry and strangulated the victim with a mobile cable, said DCP Crime Branch.
“After that, he kept the victim’s body in the refrigerator in a dhaba in Mitraon village and then the accused went to his marriage. We are investigating deeply about this case,” he added.
Delhi Police Crime Branch, meanwhile, said it has recovered the car in which Sahil allegedly murdered Nikki. He also transported her mortal remains to the dhaba (eatery) in the same vehicle, police added.
According to the police, Nikki called Sahil after learning that he was going to marry another woman.
The woman’s body was recovered from a freezer in New Delhi’s Najafgarh area, police said on Tuesday.
The victim was a resident of Uttam Nagar in Delhi, they said.
According to police, the accused drove around Delhi for 30-40 km before going to the dhaba to dump Nikki’s body.
(With inputs from ANI)