Big breakthrough in Delhi air hostess ‘suicide’ case, husband Mayank Singhvi arrested


In a major breakthrough, the Delhi Police on Monday finally arrested the husband of Anissia Batra, two days after her mysterious death shocked the residents of the national capital.

Mayank Singhvi, tusband of the deceased, Mayank Singhvi was arrested by police on Monday and he will be produced before a magistrate tomorrow. Police had booked him under Section 304 (B), but Anissia’s family had accused the cops of going slow because of the strong political connections of Singhvi.

Anissia’s brother Karan Batra had made emotional appeal by invoking the army background of his father, a retired army Major General, and his 40 years of services for the country. Karan had expressed his pain that a retired soldier as senior as his father was being made to run from pillar to post in order to get a simple FIR registered.

Singhvi is believed to be related to a former Supreme Court judge and a top Supreme Court lawyer. Annissia’s family had alleged that Singhvi had been regularly torturing her and had thrashed her mercilessly just one week into their wedding during their honeymoon in Dubai.

The news of Delhi’s 39-year-old air hostess Anissia Batra’s death had shocked the people in the national capital even as cops grapple to crack the mystery if she committed suicide or was murdered as alleged by her family.

Batra lived in south Delhi’s Hauz Khas and the news of her death became public only on Sunday after her husband Mayank Singhvi claimed that his wife had jumped off the terrace of their house on Saturday to end her life.

“The couple were married for two years. We are still investigating the matter. But, her husband told us that the deceased jumped off the terrace of their house. She was taken to the nearby hospital, where the doctors declared her brought dead,” said one police official.

Batra’s body has been sent for post-mortem and the cops have registered a case. Her immediate family members are being questioned currently. Her Facebook profile said that she worked with Luftansa Airline.

DCP (South) Romil Baaniya was quoted as saying that Batra had sent a text message to her husband informing him about her intention to end her life. She apparently sent the message just minutes before she resorted to the extreme step.

The victim’s brother Karan Batra told reporters that she had contacted them moments before she committed suicide. He said, “My sister messaged us to call the police. She said Mayank had locked her in a room.” According to Karan, his sister told him that ‘because of him (her husband) my life is going to go, please don’t leave him.”

He said that his family wasn’t sure if Mayank pushed Anissia or she indeed jumped adding that they had been trying to get Mayank arrested and ‘police aren’t helping.’

Anissia’s family have alleged that their daughter was constantly tortured by her husband, who allegedly demanded dowry ever since they got married in early 2016. Anissia, who hailed from Chandigarh, had reportedly called her parents last month to Delhi. Mayank allegedly hit the deceased’s mother when she tried to discuss the matter with him.

The deceased’s father, an ex-army officer, reportedly lodged a complaint also on 27 June, said the victim’s brother.

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