New Delhi, July 18: Police suspect that Anissia Batra, the 39-year-old air hostess who allegedly committed suicide on July 13, was upset with her husband as she had recently discovered that he was a divorcee, PTI quoted a senior police officer as saying on Wednesday. Also Read - Flight attendant's death: Delhi HC grants bail to in-laws
The senior officer, who was privy to the probe, said 39-year-old Anissia Batra, who worked with a German airline, came to know a month ago that Mayank Singhvi was a divorcee. They had got married on February 23, 2016. It was a love marriage. Also Read - Air hostess death: Viscera report confirms alcohol in blood
“He had not told her about his first marriage. After she found out about his earlier relationship, she was quite hurt. It is suspected that they must have had arguments over it,” said the officer. Ms Batra had allegedly jumped from the terrace of her house on Friday. Her family claimed that Mayank used to physically abuse her and they also accused his parents of harassing her for dowry. Also Read - Police files charge sheet against Anissia's husband, in-laws
Mayank was arrested on Monday and was produced in a city court yesterday. He was then sent to judicial custody for 14 days. “We will apply for his custody after recording the statements of witnesses,” the official added. A friend of Anissia’s family said the police informed them about Mayank’s court hearing half an hour before her cremation.
“The cremation was planned for 12 noon today. The police were aware about it. We were told that the hearing would take place at 2 pm, but at 11:30 am we were informed that the hearing was re-scheduled for 12 noon. This is unacceptable and inhuman on the part of police,” said the friend who did not wish to be named.
She claimed that Anissia’s brother did not even get a chance to say goodbye to her. The police said that it was the duty of the investigating officer to inform the complainant’s family about the hearing. Her family also accused the police of not arresting Mayank’s parents, despite them also being “responsible” for her death.
“(Mayank) Singhvi’s family have used influence. We need media support. His parents should also be arrested because they have constantly instigated fights between them,” she alleged. Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Romil Baaniya said Anissia’s parents had been granted exemption from joining the probe by the court till July 20 on personal grounds. They would be questioned after that, he said.
The officer said the victim’s parents told the magistrate that Anissia was harassed for dowry and they would be speaking to her parents. \Baaniya also said they would try to ascertain the reason for the argument between the couple, following which Ms Batra had allegedly jumped from the terrace.
Anissia had sent a message to her husband that “he would see her dead face” before allegedly committing suicide, police said. In their complaint, Ms Batra’s family stated that her husband used to “physically assault” her and ask her for money. “Another issue that the couple had a fight about was Ms Batra selling off her flat in Vasant Vihar,” the police official said.
The officer said Mayank, a software engineer in Gurgaon, used to earn Rs 4 crore per year and gifted luxurious items to Ms Batra. He had even gifted her a BWW on her birthday. The BMW has been seized by the police. Ms Batra’s family claimed that Mayank had started “physically abusing” her right from their honeymoon and in June this year, he had even assaulted her mother.
(With PTI inputs)