A 28-year-old banker was murdered by his wife's ex-lover with the help of a physiotherapist, who injected him with a lethal dose of poison in the neck in a market in Delhi.
According to reports, the victim, Ravi Kumar, who worked in Sadar Bazar, was headed home on Saturday evening, when he felt a prick on his neck. Although he collapsed within moments, he managed to turn and grab his assailant, Prem Singh, who had been contracted to kill him by Anish Yadav, a gym trainer, who was in love with Kumar's wife.
Singh was caught by the people and Kumar taken to a hospital, where he died of poisoning within hours. In his testimony to the police, Singh said he was paid ₹150,000 to finish off Kumar by Yadav, who had been in a relationship with the latter's wife.
Police sources said Kumar's wife had broken off her relationship with Yadav after she got married about a year ago. Yadav, too, tied the knot in July last year, but continued to be in touch with his former lover. When Yadav's wife found out about their relationship, she left him, at which point Yadav started putting pressure on Kumar's wife to leave her husband too.
Since Kumar's wife resisted Yadav's plan, he decided to plot the murder to get the "hurdle" out of the way. Singh allegedly procured several deadly drugs — Midazolam, Fortwin and Phenergan — from a hospital to make a lethal cocktail, which he tried to inject into Kumar while he was travelling in an auto rickshaw in October last year. However, he missed his chance that time and Kumar too didn't complain to the police.
Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov was killed in a similar manner, poisoned by the tip of an umbrella as he was waiting for a bus in Central London, in 1978.
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