New Delhi, Nov 11: A young Delhi-based Bengali couple, who went missing since 18 days, were found to be murdered by a cab driver, whom they had hired during their Uttarakhand tour, in October this year.
According to a report published in TOI, 27-year-old Moumita Das and 24-year-old Avijit Paul had gone on vacations to Dehradun on Tuesday, October 21, by train.
Vacations took a tragic turn
On Friday, October 24, the couple had hired a cab driver Raju to take them for sight seeing at Chakrata and Tiger Top Hill.
Raju was accompanied by three of his accomplices, who reportedly told the couple that they would return on their own from Chakrata after watching a 'nautanki'.
While returning from Chakrata, the trio along with Raju asked the couple to step out of the car at Lakhamandal.
Before robbing the couple of their belongings, they strangulated Avijit and one of them allegedly raped Moumita. Then, the driver also killed Moumita in a cold-blooded murder.
They threw Avijit off a steep cliff and dumped Moumita's body into a river.
The family of both, Moumita and Avijit were running from pillar-to-post in a hope to find any trace of their missing children.
Couple's family lodged Police complaint
On Wednesday, October 29, Moumita's father registered a missing complaint at Delhi's Saket police station.
On Thursday, Nov 6, Vikas Nagar Bazaar Chowki police officials in Uttarakhand summoned the cab driver Raju for questioning, but later, he was let-off.
On Sunday, Nov 9, the Delhi police cracked the case when they reached Uttarakhand.
Upon reaching there, they found out that Raju had inserted a new sim in his mobile and earlier his phone was going switched-off.
Avijit's body recovered, Moumita's body found 3 days later
Naugaon police informed Delhi police that they had found Avijit's body and were still searching for Moumita's body.
After three days of recovering Avijit's body, police found Moumita's badly decomposed body around 75 kms from the place of dumping.
Moumita hailed from Kalyani, Nadia district while Avijit was from Dum Dum near Kolkata in West Bengal.
The couple were staying in South Delhi's Lado Sarai area. Moumita used to teach at Gurgaon's Pathways International School while Avijit was a painter.