Surgeon murders ex-wife in June, kept her virtually alive for 7 months

Gorakhpur: A renowned surgeon from Gorakhpur allegedly murdered his ex-wife by pushing her off the cliff in Nepal but kept her virtually alive on social media for seven months.

Surgeon Dr Dharmendra Pratap Singh who also runs a nursing home in Gorakhpur allegedly killed his ex-wife Rakhi Srivastava aka Rajeshwari in Nepal’s Pokhra.

He also kept her virtually alive for seven months after killing her by updating her social media account.

The surgeon and his two accomplices in murder, Pramod Kumar Singh and Deshdeepak Nishad, were arrested on Saturday from Gorakhpur’s Daudpur area.

The victim Rakhi married Dr. Singh an already married man after they developed intimacy when she brought her ailing father Hareram Srivastava to him for treatment in 2006.

Dr Singh bought Rakhi a house in Shahpur area of Gorakhpur and later secretly married her in Gonda in 2011, TOI reports.

Things did not end well between the two and Rakhi moved on to marry Manish in February 2016 but she remained in touch with her husband.

The victim went missing in June and her family filed a complaint against her second husband who was brought in for questioning.

The special task force after questioning the second husband moved on to interrogate the first husband.

“We arrested the doctor and his two accomplices for killing Rakhi,” STF IG Amitabh Yash told reporters.

“Rakhi was missing from Gorakhpur and her brother Amar Prakash Srivastav had lodged missing/kidnapping report with Shahpur police on June 24, 2018, under section 366, 506 of IPC against Manish, a resident of Gaya in Bihar,” the IG added.

It was during the probe, the STF came to know that Rakhi had gone to Nepal along with Manish on June 1 but never returned while Manish came back.

Surprisingly Dr Singh was also present in Nepal when Rakhi went missing noted STF after reviewing their call logs.

When STF visited Pokhra they were informed that a woman’s body was recovered in the first week of June by the local police during the time when the victim’s phone lost connection in the region.

“This made Dr Singh a prime suspect. After sustained interrogation, he confessed to have killed Rakhi as she was blackmailing him to get money and property,” said the IG.

Investigations revealed Dr Singh and his two aides went to meet Rakhi in Pokhra after Manish came back.

“They took her out, offered her a sedative-laced drink and pushed her off a cliff in Pokhra itself,” the IG told.

“However, even after killing Rakhi, they kept updating her social media account through her mobile phone,” he said.

The family believed Rakhi was in Guwahati until Dr. Singh confessed about the crime.

According to the police, Rakhi was forcing Dr Singh to transfer the ownership of the Shahpur house which made him commit the crime.

It was when Rakhi learned Dr. Singh would be visiting her in Nepal she sent her second husband back which helped Dr. Singh execute his murder plan.

“After the arrest of the three, we have recovered a Scorpio (UP-53CN 2843), voter ID card of Rakhi, Nepali mobile recharge card, two PAN cards, an ATM card and four mobile phones from their possession,” the IG said.