The Telegraph
Thursday , May 10 , 2012
Since 1st March, 1999

Lover killer in cuffs

A youth who murdered his girlfriend by feeding her samosas laced with poison at Barkakana station on April 22 was finally arrested on Tuesday, helped by the girl’s cellphone records.

Vivek Raj (27) of Bonga village in Ichak block of Hazaribagh, studied BCom in New Delhi, but during his visits back home had developed a physical relationship with Ganita Kumari, his neighbour and his sister’s friend. When Vivek came home on April 13 — his mother and sister live in Bonga, while father Ishwar Mahto is a panchayat sewak in Gola, Ramgarh — Ganita asked him to marry her.

Vivek pretended to agree and told Ganita to elope with him to Delhi on April 22.

On reaching the deserted Barkakana station in the afternoon, Vivek offered her samosas to which he had mixed powdered sulphur tablets. He and auto driver, dragged the girl to the three-wheeler, where she died. They dumped her body in Giddi, 10km away.

Vivek then went to his father in Gola. He was preparing to reach Bonga on Tuesday when he was arrested on the way in Nayi Sarai.

According to Giddi OC Madan Mohan Singh, Vivek’s perfect murder plan came undone as he forgot all about Ganita’s cellphone. The police recovered the phone with the girl’s body. “Ganita’s cellphone records showed Vivek’s calls. On grilling, Vivek confessed to the murder,” he said.

Hazaribagh DSP Satyendra Singh said the duo had been having an affair for two years. Vivek is now at Loknayak Jai Prakash Narayan Central Jail, Hazaribagh.