On 26th October 2020, Nikita Tomar was shot dead in broad daylight by Tauseef Ahmed. She was a 21-year-old B. Com final year student at Aggarwal College in Ballabgarh, Faridabad. She was shot right outside her college in Ballabgarh, Harayana. Tauseef and his aide Rehan who belong to Gurgaon used to study in the same college as Tomar. The entire incident was recorded on the CCTV camera outside the college.
Student protests were held at Sohna-Ballabgarh road. Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has labelled that the murder is related to the ‘Love Jihad’ propaganda. They have requested the central government to bring a law against it.
The incident is a clear case of passion killing, where a person involved in a romantic affair feels that the same feeling is not being reciprocated by the other. It is a crime of rage. These types of cases have become increasingly common in India where the murderer has no fear of the law.
Nikita was forced to convert to Islam and marry the accused. But she rejected his advances multiple times. He took the inspiration from the character “Munna Bhaiya” of the popular series ‘Mirzapur’ and killed her when his one-sided love for her was not reciprocated. Tauseef took Nikita’s life because she was to be married to someone else.
Tauseef has confessed to the crime saying it was done out of revenge. He was unable to study medicine because Nikita’s family had filed a case against him in 2018 when he kidnapped and harassed her for marriage. The case was later withdrawn after it was settled in the Panchayat.
The accused obtained the gun illegally from his uncle who was in jail for the past decade for kidnapping a police officer. The car that was used was a Hyundai i20, whose owner has not been identified yet.
A case has been registered under Section 302 (murder), Section 34 (criminal act done by several persons) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 25 (carrying prohibited arms) of the Arms Act.
Special Investigation Team (SIT), led by ACP Anil Kumar is formed for a quick response towards the grave issue.