The Delhi Police is being credited with cracking the murder mystery of Shailza Dwivedi within 24 hours of the Army Major’s wife was brutally murdered and mowed down by his killer’s car.
Her alleged killer, Army Major Nikhil Rai Handa, has now been sent to four-day police custody after he was produced before Delhi court on Monday. Since his arrest from Meerut in Uttar Pradesh, the cops have been interrogating Handa, who has allegedly confessed to his crime.
According to Mail Today newspaper, Handa has told the police that he killed her after she refused to continue with extra marital affair with him. He planned her murder in the morning and killed her in the afternoon near Delhi Cantonment metro station on Saturday.
Shailza was the Mrs India finalist last year and she had quite a good following on social media, where she updated her fans with her goings on, albeit not too frequently.
Here what has emerged so far and what cops have told media.
“She (Shailza) had an extramarital affair with Major Nikhil Handa. Both her husband and lover were posted in Nagaland’s Dimapur city but two months ago, Major Amit Dwivedi was transferred to Delhi,” Mail Today has quoted the Delhi Police as saying. It further added, “Major Amit Dwivedi was aware of their affair and had warned the duo to end the relationship. Shailza tried to call off the relationship after she was caught doing obscene video calling. She then stopped talking to him and shifted to Delhi with her husband.”
Police have also revealed that Handa and Shailza reportedly had exchanged 3,500 calls and messages in the last six months before the latter’s gruesome murder on Saturday. “Judging by the number of calls he made, he was too possessive about her,” NDTV quoted DCP, Delhi Police, Vijay Kumar as saying.
Handa was reportedly smitten by Shailza’s beauty the first time he saw her photos on Facebook in 2015 through a friend’s account on his timeline. He was reportedly very active on Facebook and had very few friends in his social life. It was on Facebook, where he had first seen the photos of Shailza on a common friend’s timeline in 2015. This prompt him to befriend Shailza’s husband, Major Amit Dwivedi, so that he could frequently attend parties at the latter’s residence.
Shailza had gone to the Army’s base hospital for her routine physiotherapy in her husband’s official military vehicle. The driver dropped her outside the main entrance of the base hospital. Around 30-minutes later, the driver reportedly returned to the hospital to -pick the Major’s wife up, but was informed that she had missed her scheduled physiotherapy session as she had failed to turn up.
Soon, cops received a call from passers-by about a body lying on the road with the face visibly crushed as a result of being run over. Police arrived at the spot and found that the woman’s throat too had been split. The Army Major was immediately informed as police sent the body for post-mortem.
The cops suspect that the woman may have been murdered first before being run over by the car in order to make the murder appear as a case of road accident. The night before he allegedly murdered Shailza, Handa had fought with his wife over his obsession for the victim, who was also a beauty contest finalist.
Police have also found traces of blood and Shailza’s hair inside Major Handa’s Honda City car.
Here is a brief snapshot of her last few social media posts;
A week before she was murdered, she posted a collage of her photos in Saree with a caption, “Feel awesome in saree.”
On 8 March she wished her followers with ‘Happy Women’s Day greetings.
On 2 March her Holi greeting said, “Happy Holi.”
And exactly four months ago on 24 February, Shailza had posted this philosophical message with a photo collage of her various facial expressions, “Your mood is constantly changing, your psychology is constantly changing, your desires, your fads, your fears, your attitudes are constantly changing!”