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Husband, 2 others arrested for killing blogger in Agra

Agra police have arrested three defendants, including the husband of the murdered food and fashion blogger who was thrown to death from the fourth floor of an apartment in Agra on Friday. A case has been registered under Sections 302 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code at Tajganj Police Station in Agra against the husband, two wives and four to six other people yet to be identified.

In a shocking incident, the 30-year-old was thrown from the fourth floor of an apartment with her hands tied midday on Friday. The deceased woman resided here with her friend in a relationship and was a fashion and food blogger.

Family members of the deceased revealed that the woman had a love marriage with the accused Aakash Gautam around six years ago. Gautam resided in Tundla town of Firozabad district. The couple had frequent arguments and began to live separately.

“Aakash Gautam’s family members had harassed my daughter after the wedding. She came to live in this apartment in Agra and Vipul Agarwal, a resident of Firozabad, resided with her. The accused and his associates came Friday noon and beat my daughter and Vipul Agarwal. My daughter was thrown from the fourth floor of the apartment resulting in her death,” the victim’s father said in his FIR recorded at Tajganj Police Station in Agra City.

“The case was filed on the complaint of the father of the deceased under sections 302 and 34 (murder by two or more persons with common intent) of the Indian Penal Code against husband Aakash Gautam, two wives and four to six others yet to be identified,” Sudhir Kumar Singh, SSP Agra, said in an interview with a reporter on Saturday.

“Three, including the husband of the deceased and two women accompanying him, have been arrested. We have obtained the video footage and CCTV recordings from the apartment. Investigations are underway to catch all the accused,” said the SSP Agra.

“If necessary, the crime scene would be recreated in the presence of the forensic team, and all those involved would be interviewed. At first glance, it appears that the accused had come with the intention of killing the victim, but we have not yet drawn a conclusion as other related aspects need to be clarified,” Singh said.

The relatives of the deceased arrived in Agra from Ghaziabad on Friday evening and filed an FIR. The accused husband, Aakash Gautam, was unemployed and residing in Ghaziabad, but came to Agra after the wedding, where the victim worked as a teacher for some time.

Police are also questioning Vipul Agarwal, a businessman from Firozabad, who had left his own family and was residing with the deceased in Agra. The victim’s parents are also suspicious of the role of Vipul Agarwal, an eyewitness to the incident.