Anissia Batra, the 39-year-old air hostess who committed suicide in New Delhi on July 13, had texted her husband that she was about to end her life moments before she jumped off the terrace of her home in the national capital’s Panchsheel Park, police said today.
At 4.12 pm on July 13, Anissia texted her husband, Mayank Singhvi, that she was about to end her life and that the next thing he would see is her death. Mayank, is a software engineer employed in Gurgaon, responded to the text message by rushing to the terrace.
However, he was unable to save Anissia since the door was locked. At around 4:30pm, the air hostess jumped off, an act witnessed by a neighbour.
These revelations by made by Delhi Police at a press conference today. Deputy Commissioner of Police Romil Baniya also rejected allegations made by Anissia’s family that the police probe into the air hostess’s death could be misled by Mayank.
“We are under no influence. Our basic intention is to collect evidence… any allegation of evidence tampering is baseless,” DCP Baniya said.
WHAT HAPPENED ON JULY 13
According to the police, Anissia had an argument Mayank on July 13 before she committed suicide. Apart from texting Mayank, Anissia also messaged a friend that she was about to end her life. The friend will be questioned soon, DCP Baniya said at his press conference.
On July 14, DCP Baniya added, Anissia’s family submitted a complaint alleging that her suicide was caused by dowry harassment on Mayank’s part. The family also demanded the authorities carry out a video recording of the post-mortem of Anssia’s body.
Following the family’s demand, police have ordered a second post-mortem to be conducted; this one will be recorded on video, DCP Baniya said.
The officer added that based on the allegations levelled by Anissia’s family, the police have asked Mayank Singhvi, among others, to join the investigation by today evening. A few statements have already been recorded in the case.
Police have also seized a BMW car and a diamond ring that had been given by Anissia’s family to the couple. Bank accounts belonging to the two have also been seized.
AN EARLIER COMPLAINT
The police today also revealed that Anissia’s father had earlier submitted a ‘precautionary’ complaint against Mayank Singhvi and his family.
The complaint, submitted by Anissia’s retired army officer father, had alleged that Mayank used to frequently assault his wife. “If any physicial harm is caused to my daughter (sic), Mayank Singhvvi as well as the in-laws will be held responsible,” the complaint, filed on June 27, read.
It was not immediately clear what action the police took on the June 27 complaint.
Anissia was employed with a German airliner and had gotten married to Mayank Singhvi in February 2016. Mayank and his family have no yet publicly commented on the case.