The brother-in-law of Haryana folk singer Harshita Dahiya, who was shot dead on Tuesday, was sent to four-day police custody in connection with the crime, ANI reported. The Haryana Police said Dinesh Mathur had accepted during the interrogation that he was behind Dahiya’s murder.
On Wednesday, Dahiya’s sister Lata had accused her estranged husband of the murder.
Mathur is currently lodged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail in a rape case. “Harshita had accused Dinesh of raping her in 2013, and a case was registered against him,” Panipat Superintendent of Police Rahul Sharma said on Thursday. “He was also booked for murdering her mother in Delhi in 2014. Harshita was the main witness in the case.”
Dahiya was killed in Chamrara village of Haryana’s Panipat district on Tuesday evening when was returning to Delhi with three others. “When she was returning, a black car overtook her vehicle near Chamrara and forced it to stop,” Panipat Deputy Superintendent of Police Desh Raj had said. She was shot at six times.
In a video that Dahiya had shared on social media recently, she had alleged that she was getting death threats, according to NDTV.