Nikita Tomar, a 21-year old girl of Ballabgarh, Faridabad was murdered in broad daylight in front of her friend on 26 October 2020. The incident was caught on the CCTV camera.
The fast-track court in Faridabad convicted the main accused Tausif and his aid Rehan for killing Nikita. They have been charged with sections 302 (murder), 366 (kidnapping a woman to compel her into marriage), and 120-B/34 (criminal conspiracy) of IPC.
The sentence of the convicts will be pronounced on 26 March i.e., Friday by the additional district and sessions judge Sartaj Baswana.
The third accused Mohammad Azruddin who was suspected to have supplied weapons to both accused has been acquitted.
The CCTV footage clearly indicates that when Nikita Tomar came out of her college after giving an exam, Tausif and his friend tried to abduct her in the vehicle but were resisted by the girl after which Tausif shot her from point-blank range with a firearm.
The High courts of Punjab and Haryana rejected the plea of the accused of re-investigation because the petitioners Tausif and Rehan claimed that the police submitted the final report in just 11 days after the FIR was lodged. They added that the investigation was done in hurry and it is unfair and improper by the Haryana police.
Justice Sudip Ahluwalia after hearing the pleas said that, “It would be apt to observe here that the hype surrounding any so perceived ‘sensational’ case in the media at large is certainly likely to attract its own share of attention, public curiosity, discussion and reaction. But that cannot ipso facto lead to any supposition that the investigating authorities have abdicated their responsibility of probing into the same fairly or objectively, and where such conduct is imputed, it is for the aggrieved party to make out a cogent and convincing case explaining how the investigation conducted has been improper or unfair.”
He also added that, “There is no illegality in submitting the final report by the investigating authorities within 11 days after the date of occurrence, since no minimum time to do so has been prescribed in the statute. It is purely for the investigating agency to take a call as to whether or not it has been able to collect proper and sufficient evidence to substantiate the final result of its investigation, and academically, even if there be any infirmity remaining therein, benefit of the same would only go to the accused side, who cannot possibly be prejudiced in the circumstances, and would stand to be benefitted by such speedy investigation.”
Investigation revealed that “Nikita Tomar was abducted by Tausif before for 3 days but due to the political influence of the family the case was withdrawn. It was clear that Tausif had feelings for Nikita Tomar which she resented.“
The case was also a case of LOVE JIHAD as it was believed that Tausif wanted to marry NIKITA TOMAR and wanted to convert her to Islam.