Body of ex-model killed in Gurgaon yet to be found, SIT formed | Gurgaon News – Times of India

GURGAON: Police on Friday formed a special investigation team (SIT) headed by DCP (crime) Vijay Pratap Singh to probe the January 2 murder of former model Divya Pahuja, once believed to be gangster Sandeep Gadoli’s girlfriend.
Other members of the SIT include SHO of Sector 14 police station and in-charge of crime unit (Sector 17 station).
The body of the 27-year-old, who was allegedly shot at Hotel City Point, has not been found three days after the crime.The BMW car in which the body was apparently taken away was found abandoned 280km away in Patiala.
Police are carrying out searches in Punjab to trace the body.
On Friday, investigators came across another CCTV footage from the hotel. It shows Abhijeet Singh, the main accused in the murder, standing with Divya and an associate Balraj – also booked in the case – while they are completing formalities to check in at 4am on January 2.
Abhijeet, owner of the hotel that has been leased out, was arrested on Wednesday. Police had said he shot Divya as she had been threatening and extorting him for months over private pictures of him she allegedly had.
Police said they are trying to find out what happened in the 17 hours between the trio’s check-in and 11pm, when Divya’s body was apparently dragged from the first floor of the hotel to the BMW car, according to CCTV footage.
Investigators told TOI Divya last spoke to her parents at 11am on January 2. She was allegedly killed around 5pm in room 112.
Two hotel staffers Hemraj (28) and Omprakash (23), who allegedly helped Abhijeet carry Divya’s body, are in custody too.
Balraj is absconding. He was seen in the CCTV clip driving off in the BMW.
Divya’s family has alleged Gadoli’s family’s hand in the murder. His sister Jyotsana on Friday denied any involvement and said they were already fighting a legal battle over the “staged” February 2016 encounter in Mumbai in which Gadoli was killed by a team of five Gurgaon cops.
“Binder Gujjar and Gurgaon police officials who are accused of killing Sandeep are the only ones to benefit from Divya’s murder,” Jyotsana said.
Divya, Mumbai police had alleged, was Gadoli’s “girlfriend” and had conspired with Gurgaon cops to give away his location before the encounter. Divya’s mother Sonia and a rival gangster Binder Gujjar were also involved, Mumbai police had said. Divya was with Gadoli in the hotel room when he was shot.
Sources had told TOI that Divya, while in Mumbai’s Byculla jail over the fake encounter case, would frequently meet Binder Gujjar, who was also lodged there. They said Abhijeet and Binder knew each other for the past 15 years. It was Binder who told Abhijeet to help Divya after she was granted bail in 2023, the sources said.

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