The five men arrested in connection with the killing of 23-year-old Nikki Yadav had planned to get rid of her so that Sahil Gehlot could marry a second time to a woman of the family's choosing, police said on Saturday. During interrogation, it was revealed that Gehlot's family was very much aware of his marriage to Yadav but they were against it, the police said. Police arrested five people -- Gehlot's father, his two cousins, and two friends -- late Friday night in connection with the killing. One of the cousins is a Delhi Police constable. Gehlot was arrested earlier.
"Gehlot married Yadav at an Arya Samaj temple in 2020. The couple had not informed their respective families about their marriage. However, when Gehlot's parents started looking for a girl for his marriage and started pressuring him to take interest in marriage..., he finally revealed to his family that he was already married," a police officer privy to the probe told PTI. However, when Gehlot's family got to know about his marriage to Yadav, they expressed their displeasure over him marrying a girl of his choice without informing them.
"On multiple occasions, the accused persons persuaded him to leave Nikki Yadav and get her out of the way. They kept putting pressure on him and he also failed to convince his family members," the officer said. After his second marriage date was fixed, the accused persons kept persuading Gehlot to get rid of Yadav so that he can marry the girl his family chose, police said."...the accused persons started discussing about ways to get rid of Nikki Yadav and the entire plan to take her on a trip was just a ploy. They somehow wanted to get rid of Nikki before D-day. Gehlot also thought that he will somehow convince Nikki to go for a trip with him outstation and whenever he gets an opportunity on the way, he would kill her during their trip," the officer added.
"The plan was to murder her before his wedding which Gehlot executed. After killing her, he informed the other accused persons including his father who helped him in planning and conspiring the murder. They stuffed the body inside the fridge thinking that it will stay fresh and there would not be any foul smell. No one would be able to suspect or detect anything unusual since everyone would be busy with a wedding for at least three days and later they would dispose of her body leisurely," he said. Nikki Yadav's parents, however, told police that they were not aware of her relationship or her wedding with Gehlot. The deceased's sister told police that she only knew that both Nikki Yadav and Gehlot were very close friends and nothing more, according to the police.
They would also be questioning the witnesses who were part of the secret wedding between Yadav and Gehlot and are also checking the phone locations of the accused persons as part of collecting evidence. "We are collecting corroborative evidence as of now which includes technical and scientific evidence to make the case stronger," the police officer said."All five co-accused including the father Virender Singh, two cousins Ashish and Naveen, and two friends Amar and Lokesh of Sahil Gehlot were thoroughly interrogated and arrested after verifying and ascertaining their role in connection with the killing," Special Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav said. Naveen, a constable in Delhi Police, is a relative of prime accused Sahil Gehlot, he said. Gehlot, already under police custody, has been interrogated at length.
Since his arrest, he has confessed to murdering his girlfriend, Nikki Yadav, because she had been pressuring him to marry her. The two, according to police, had already solemnized their marriage in 2020. She was his wife and not a live-in partner, the special commissioner of police said. Therefore, she was pleading with him not to go ahead with the marriage fixed by his family with another woman on February 10, he added. When Gehlot could not convince Nikki Yadav to make way for his marriage to the woman, he hatched a plan to kill her and roped in others.
"Accordingly, Sahil Gehlot executed the plan and murdered her and informed the other co-accused persons about it on the same day ie February 10 and then all of them went ahead with the marriage ceremony," the officer said. Several other charges including those of criminal conspiracy, destruction of evidence, and harboring a criminal have been added to the FIR, police said. The incident had come to light on February 14, Valentine's Day, four days after the crime. Gehlot under police custody confessed to the crime and led police to the fridge in his eatery where he had hidden the body.