Updated January 4th, 2024 at 13:55 IST
Divya Pahuja murder case: Accused alleges blackmail, Police in search of model's body in Punjab
Former model Divya Pahuja was found murdered in a hotel in Gurugram. The owner of the hotel is the prime suspect in the killing.
Former model and influencer Divya Pahuja, 27, was found murdered in City Point hotel in Gurugram on Wednesday, January 3. Abhijeet Singh, the owner of the hotel, is the prime suspect in the murder.
Divya Pahuja was allegedly killed by Abhijeet Singh, with closed circuit television footage (CCTV) footage revealing him dragging a body wrapped in a blanket, aided by his hotel workers Om Prakash and Hemraj. The three then fled from the scene in a blue BMW car.
All three accused have been arrested by the Gurugram Crime Branch. There are reportedly two more people the police are in search of, who were in the hotel room when Divya Pahuja was shot in the head.
Divya Pahuja served time for gangster boyfriend’s killing
Divya Pahuja was reportedly the girlfriend of gangster Sandeep Gadoli, who was at the time Gurugram’s most wanted gangster. She served time in prison for seven years in connection with the allegedly 'fake' encounter of Gadoli.
Gangster Sandeep Gadoli was reportedly killed by the Haryana Police in an encounter in 2016 in a hotel in Mumbai. Divya’s mother and five Haryana policemen also had reportedly been arrested in connection with the case. Divya was granted bail in June 2023.
Divya Pahuja’s family and education
Divya Pahuja was reportedly the daughter of a differently-abled vegetable and fruit seller in Baldev Nagar, Gurugram. Her family reportedly consists of her parents and a younger sister.
Divya was studying a graduate course in Commerce when she began modelling and dropped out of the course.
Accused claims blackmail
Abhijeet alleged in the police interrogation that Divya was blackmailing him. He claimed that her mobilephone contained objectionable photos of him, for which she was blackmailing him. Abhijeet said that when Divya refused to provide him with the password for her cellphone, he shot her dead. Police are in search of Divya’s mobilephone to verify the claims.
The police now suspect that the body of Divya Pahuja was dumped in a river in Punjab. CCTV footage on the route taken by the accused in the BMW car is being examined by the police in search of Divya Pahuja’s body.
Further investigation is on in the case.
Published January 4th, 2024 at 13:55 IST