A Delhi Court on December 17, 2018, has framed charges against army officer Major Nikhil Handa for allegedly murdering his colleague’s 35- year-old wife in June this year after she refused to marry him.
The trial will begin on January 19, 2019, in the court of Special Judge Rakesh Syal.
Major Amit Dwivedi’s wife Shailza Dwivedi was found dead with her throat slit on a street in Delhi Cantonment. The Delhi Police had arrested the accused in Meerut on June 24, 2018. He was posted in Nagaland’s Dimapur district at that time.
The charge sheet states that the accused was obsessed with the victim and wanted to marry her but she was uninterested. They got to know each other when the victim’s husband and the accused were posted together in Dimapur.
The accused had come to Delhi to see his son, who was admitted to the Army Base Hospital. He allegedly called Shailza and asked her to meet him. They met after her physiotherapy session at the hospital. Shailza and Major Handa roamed around in the accused’s car in Delhi Cantonment for nearly two hours, during which he kept insisting that she should marry him but she refused. This angered him and he killed her, the police alleged.
After killing her, Major Handawent back to the hospital and met his son. He returned to the murder spot but found police at the crime scene. He left for his house in Saket and then went to Meerut in his car. He also tried to remove the bloodstains from his car.
When Major Dwivedi voiced suspicions regarding Major Handa’s involvement in his wife’s murder, the police zeroed in on him after going through his mobile phone records, and frequent visits to Amritsar and Delhi.