New Delhi: Delhi police on Wednesday said that a “turbulent marriage” led to the murder of Rohit Shekhar Tiwari by his wife Apoorva Shukla Tiwari who was earlier in the day taken in police custody. The wife confessed to the police that she murdered her husband as their marriage was an unhappy one. Also Read - 'Creating Toolkit Not an Offence': 5 Big Statements by Court as Disha Ravi Walks Out of Jail
Giving out the details of the murder, the Additional Commissioner of the Crime Branch, Rajiv Ranjan, told the reporters that “Apoorva was arrested with the help of scientific evidence and FSL report. She confessed that she murdered her husband.” Also Read - Republic Day Violence: Delhi Court Sends Actor-Activist Deep Sidhu To 14-Day Judicial Custody
“Apoorva entered Rohit’s room on April 16 and executed the crime. She later destroyed the evidence. All this happened within one-and-half hours,” said the officer, adding she initially tried to mislead the Crime Branch team. Also Read - Toolkit Case: Climate Activist Disha Ravi Gets Bail After 10 Days, Can't Leave Country Till Probe Ends
The couple had a violent fight when Aproova strangled him. The deceased was drunk and hence, couldn’t resist. ”
“Apoorva smothered Rohit to death… He was in an inebriated state and not in a position to resist.” the police official said.
Another reason behind the killing was the fact that Rohit was planning to give his share of property to his sister-in-law’s son, he said. Apporva believed that Rohit’s sister-in-law was the reason behind their turbulent marriage and held a grudge against her.
Notably, the duo got married in May last year, after having courted each other for a year before. They had met through a marriage portal, police said. Immediately after their marriage, the couple seemed to have had a fallout and Apoorva had left for her parental home in Indore, police said.
During interrogation, Apoorva claimed that she was the president of Indian National Trade Union Congress in Indore and had political aspirations but after getting married to Rohit in May, she realised that he did not have much of a standing and his political career was not going anywhere. Within 14-15 days of the marriage, she started staying away from the house, PTI reported an official as saying. “Sometimes, she would stay at her parents’ place and sometimes at a rented room she had in south Delhi even before she got married,” he said.
Earlier on Friday, crime Branch officers visited Rohit Tiwari’s residence and interrogated his family members and domestic helps. The officers also went through footage from CCTV cameras installed in and around the house to find leads, ascertain the sequence of events and track people who entered the house.
Rohit Shekhar Tiwari, the biological son of late ND Tiwari and Ujjwala was brought dead to a hospital in the national capital on April 16. He had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2017. A resident of Defence Colony in south Delhi, Rohit Shekhar Tiwari, 40, was taken by his mother to Max Hospital where he was declared brought dead.
However, the case was taken up by the Crime Branch after the post-mortem report suggested that Shekhar died due to smothering at around 1 a.m.
(With agency inputs)