- Sujal Pradhan, NET Correspondent, Sikkim
After nearly a month, cops have finally solved the mystery surrounding the death of a 26-years-old woman whose body was discovered in a hotel room in Gangtok, and apprehended the accused from Masumganj in Chapra with help of the Bihar Police.
On January 31, a team of Sikkim Police apprehended the accused in Masumganj, and since then he has been held in Gangtok for further questioning.
Based on interrogation, the East District Superintendent of Police (SP) Siva Prasad Yellasiri addressed the media on February 2.
“The 36 year old accused had an affair with the victim, who herself was married to another person Ashish Kumar Singh. The victim was 36 years in age and has two children, she had an affair with the accused for the past three years. The accused was not married and had come to Sikkim to spend time with the victim on December 27” – informed Yellasiri.
“Through our investigation and admittance by the accused, the two had an argument over the accused speaking with other women. The argument resulted in a scuffle between the two wherein the victim suffered two injuries in her abdomen courtesy of two blows by the accused. It appears, she succumbed to her injuries on the night of December 28. The following morning, upon finding the victim dead, the accused was absconding with his phone switched off. It was only on their scheduled day of checking out from the hotel, that the hotel staff learned about the incident, when the door of the hotel room was locked from outside” – he further narrated.
The SP East also informed that investigating officers – Shekhar Basnett and Suman Pokhrel had Aadhar Card and mobile number of the accused as evidences. “The police were able to track 40 of the accused friends and family, who were interrogated. From January 3-12 we carried out raids in 10 suspected locations where the accused could have been staying in Bihar. The accused being an engineering graduate working as a distributor to a pharmacy was able to cover his tracks, until finally being tracked down at Masumganj in Chapra, Bihar on January 31”.
Accordingly, the accused has been remanded in police custody for 14 days, and has been booked under Indian Penal Code (IPC) 302 – for murder and IPC 201 – causing disappearance of evidence of offence or giving false information to screen offender.
Its worthy to note that on December 30, 2021, a 26-year-old tourist from Bihar was murdered in Sikkim, whose body was found from a Gangtok hotel. The 26 year old victim had checked-in into the hotel with her husband – Kumar Gyaneshwar Singh who had since then gone missing from the hotel. Kumar Gyaneshwar also a resident of Chapra district from Bihar was seen as a suspect by Sikkim Police.