Doctor drugs, pushes ex-wife off cliff and updates her Facebook so people thought she was still alive
Dr Dharmendra Pratap Singh and two of his aides have been arrested in connection with the death of Rakhi Srivastava in Nepal
A well-known surgeon who is accused of killing his wife by drugging her and pushing her off a cliff reportedly kept updating her social media accounts for seven months to keep up the appearance that she was alive and well. Dr. Dharmendra Pratap Singh was arrested and charged in the death of Rakhi Srivastava, who he is believed to have murdered in Pokhara, Nepal, in June.
According to the Times of India, the police also arrested Pramod Kumar Singh and Deshdeepak Nishad in connection to the murder. Dr. Singh confessed during an interview with detectives that he and his two aides had given Srivastava a sedative-laced drink and pushed her off a cliff to kill her because she was blackmailing him to get property and money.
Srivastava's relationship with Dr. Singh was complicated. The pair married in 2011 even though the surgeon already had a wife. When his first wife uncovered her husband's affair, she forced them to part ways and Srivastava went on to marry her second husband Manish Sinha. However, she kept in touch with Dr. Singh and reportedly kept pressuring him to transfer the ownership of a house to her name.
When Srivastava learned Dr. Singh was coming to visit her this past June in Nepal while she was on a holiday with Sinha, police said she sent her husband away, giving Dr. Singh the opportunity to kill her. Dr. Singh admitted to police that he had tried to kill Srivastava several times in the past but that, this time around, he had a proper plan.
However, after she went missing in June, her family filed a case against Sinha instead, believing him to be responsible for her disappearance. "Rakhi was missing from Gorakhpur and her brother Amar Prakash Srivastav had lodged missing/kidnapping report with Shahpur police on June 24, 2018, under section 366, 506 of IPC against Manish," said police.
During their investigation, police found she had gone to Nepal on June 1 with Sinha and that, after she went missing, her phone was active in the country for the next three days. Call records revealed Dr. Singh too was in Nepal at the time, though they brushed it off as a coincidence at the time. When they tracked the phone again in October, the location was traced to Guwahati in India, leading them and her family to believe she was alive.
But when police visited Pokhara, local authorities said they found a woman's body in the first week of June, and it was confirmed to belong to Srivastava. This led them to suspect Dr. Singh, who, when confronted, revealed he used her phone to update her social media to make it look as if she were alive before then sending the device to Guwahati through his aides to keep up the charade.
The authorities said they also recovered Srivastava's voter ID from Dr. Singh and his aides, and the investigation is set to continue, with the victim's family making an emotional plea for more information.