Thursday, December 3, 2020

Nikita Tomar murder: Taufeeq alias Sajid introduced himself as Rahul, was pressurising her to embrace Islam

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Faridabad murder

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On Monday, a 21-year-old student named Nikita Tomar was shot dead in full public view by two men outside the Aggarwal college in Ballabgarh, Faridabad. A day before, she had filed an FIR accusing Sajid alias Rahul of harassment and trying to force her to convert to Islam.

According to the FIR filed by the victim on 25th October, 2020, the accused Sajid who had introduced himself as Rahul to the girl was continuously harassing her from July 25, 2020, but she did not reveal this it to her parents. However, when the accused did not abstain from hounding her, she decided to confront him on August 11.

When she went to meet Sajid, he allegedly offered her a soft drink laced with sedatives after which she started feeling dizzy. The accused then pushed her in a white car, took off her clothes and photographed her. The victim had alleged that Sajid then started using those nude pictures and video to blackmail her. He threatened to leak the pictures on the internet of she did not convert her religion and marry him, read the FIR.

Copy of the FIR

The victim had further stated in the FIR that on September 11, the accused who was until now posing to be a Hindu named Rahul, revealed to her that he was actually a Muslim and his name was Sajid. He expressed his urge to marry her, to which the victim had firmly refused. Sajid then forcefully took Nikita to Hathin in Faridabad, where a Muslim heeler (Maulvi) forced her to drink water infused with some chits, after which the victim fell unconscious.

In the FIR, Nikita had stated how after she regained consiciousness on October 22, she somehow escaped and was on her way to the Mahila Thana in Palwal when Sajid reappered and again tried to forcefully take her away. The victim allegedly started making a noise, after which Sajid pushed her out of the car and fled. Nikita thereafter lodged a complaint against Sajid with the Mahila Thana, accusing him of rape and harrasement.

Based on her complaint, an FIR was registered against Taufeeq alias Sajid under IPC sections 363, 366(A), 328, 506, 376. POCSO Act was also invoked in the case.

Family demands SIT probe

The relative stated that Taufeeq alias Sajeed started harassing Nikita three years ago. Few months back, too, a complaint was lodged against him for harassment and molestation. However, the family later dropped the case.

Lately, the accused again allegedly started hounding her and pressuring her to embrace Islam. The relative confirmed that the accused initially wanted to abduct her but killed her when she resisted to his demands. The family has now demanded that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) should be constituted to probe the case.

CCTV footage shows two assailants shooting at Nikita Tomar in broad daylight in Faridabad

Earlier in the day, a CCTV footage had shown how two assailants had shot the 21-year-old student in broad daylight outside the Aggarwal college in Ballabgarh, Faridabad. In the video, which went viral on social media, the assailant could be seen stepping out of his car and pulling out his revolver. Nikita is seen struggling to get free and manages to flee for a brief moment before the accused grabs her again. While Nikita struggles to free herself from the man, he then shoots her in the point-blank range. The other accused too got out of the car and pulled Taufeeq back into the car. The duo then fled the crime scene.

 A resident of SGM Nagar, Nikita was a final year B.Com student. After the inicident, Nikita was rushed to the hospital, where she was declared brought dead.

Speaking about the incident, ACP (Ballabgarh) Jaiveer Rathi informed that the primary accused had been arrested. “One of the accused identified as Taufeeq hailing from Sohna was known to the victim and a complaint against him had been lodged by the victim’s kin a few months ago for harassment and molestation but a compromise had been reached.” According to him, the ‘rejection of friendship’ could be a motive behind the crime.

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