A man in India murdered his girlfriend at a resort last week and uploaded footage of the victim drawing her last breaths on social media, police said.
The man, who identified himself in a video as Abhijeet Patidar, slit his girlfriend’s throat in a room at the Mekhla Resort in the state of Madhya Pradesh last Tuesday, OpIndia reported.
Resort staff found the victim, 22-year-old Jabalpur resident Shilpa Jhariya, later that day, according to Jabalpur Additional Superintendent of Police Shivesh Baghel.
Patidar confessed to the killing in a video shared on Jhariya’s Instagram account Friday, the Indian newspaper The Print reported, citing police.
In the video, Patidar claimed he and his business partner had an affair with the victim.
“She was continuously demanding money from my partner and took about Rs 12 lakh ($14,775) from my partner before fleeing to Jabalpur. My partner asked to kill the girl, and I did so,” Patidar said.
The video, which reportedly featured Patiday saying, “Do not be unfaithful,” showed Jhariya still alive and lying in a pool of blood after she was assaulted. It has since been removed from the victim’s account.
A case has been registered following the incident, police said.
Four probe teams have been formed, and a cyber team has also started working on the case, according to Baghel.
Surveillance footage is being examined for any clues relevant to Patidar.
Police have also questioned a taxi driver who took the suspect and Jhariya to the Mekhla Resort.
The driver reportedly provided authorities with “a significant amount of information.”
“We will arrest the accused soon,” Baghel said.
It was unclear what charges Patidar faced over Jhariya’s death.
Patidar claimed he and his partner manage a business in Patna, the regional capital of the state of Bihar. However, police noted that Patidar is from the state of Gujarat.
In a similar story from more than a month ago, a man in Telangana allegedly murdered his 21-year-old wife because the victim had an affair with the man’s brother.
P. Rama Krishna used strips of cloth and a scarf to strangle his wife, P. Aruna, to death from behind in a lodge in the Gowliguda area of Hyderabad at around 7 p.m. on Oct. 1.
During questioning, Krishna claimed that he decided to kill Aruna because she was in an extramarital relationship with his brother.
A case under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code was registered against Krishna.
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