MUMBAI: Mumbai police arrested three youngsters on Friday in connection with a murder of an aspiring air hostess in Delhi, police said on Saturday.
Riya Gautam, 21, an aspiring air hostess was stabbed at a busy Delhi market on July 5. Adil Banne Khan (23), Juned Salim Ansari (19) and Fazil Raju Ansari (18) were arrested for her murder by the Mumbai crime branch from suburban Bandra late Friday night.
Adil is a resident of Delhi's Mansarovar Park, while the two other are from Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh.
Following a tip-off that the trio was hiding in Bandra suburban area, Unit 9 of Mumbai crime branch launched a search operation. The accused were handed over to Delhi Police team after the arrest, police said.
Police said, Riya Gautam alias Charu, was allegedly stabbed by Adil, who was allegedly stalking her. She succumbed to her injuries the next day at a hospital in Delhi. Adil had been absconding since then.
A CCTV grab of the incident showed Adil attacking Riya and she running away from him.
Riya and Adil had a fight near her house on Thursday. The next day when she was being attacked, she rushed to a shop for help but nobody was there. Adil followed her inside the shop and stabbed her multiple times. Even though there were people around, they did not go near Adil for the fear of getting attacked, police said.
Police also said that Riya and Adil knew each other for the last one year. But she distanced herself from him and her indifference irked him.
Her family has alleged that she had filed a police complaint against Adil in April but no action was taken. Adil had got a whiff of the matter and when his house was raided, he fled to Gujarat.