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Chandigarh Police crack Neha Ahlawat murder case after 14 years; arrest drug addict and serial killer

According to police reports, the breakthrough came through DNA profiling of samples collected from the bodies of the two victims

Written by  Jasleen Kaur -- May 02nd 2024 06:53 PM
Chandigarh Police crack Neha Ahlawat murder case after 14 years; arrest drug addict and serial killer

Chandigarh Police crack Neha Ahlawat murder case after 14 years; arrest drug addict and serial killer

Chandigarh, May 2: In a significant breakthrough in two sexual assault and murder cases, the Chandigarh Police have made a major arrest. The suspect, identified as a drug addict in his 20s, has been apprehended in connection with the brutal assaults on two women – MBA student Neha Ahlawat in 2010 and another woman near Maloya in January 2022.

According to police reports, the breakthrough came through DNA profiling of samples collected from the bodies of the two victims. The accused, believed to be a serial rapist and killer, is currently undergoing interrogation. "The suspect has confessed to raping and murdering Neha Ahlawat, a 22-year-old MBA student in Sector 38 West 14 years ago, and a 40-year-old woman near Maloya in 2010," as per the police. 



Investigators zeroed in on the suspect based on the conclusions drawn by the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), which indicated that both crimes were committed by the same person. The suspect resides in Shahpur Colony near Sector 39, and his DNA samples matched those collected from the crime scenes.

The suspect, who had earlier been arrested for rape in Himachal Pradesh, but was acquitted due to lack of evidence, has provided further insight during police interrogation.

Neha Ahlawat's case dates back to July 2010 when her body was found in a semi-naked state near Karan Taxi Stand in Sector 38 West. Despite exhaustive efforts by the Chandigarh Police over the years, the case remained unsolved until now. Similarly, the other victim, whose body was found near the Maloya forest area in January 2022, suffered a similar fate.

The arrest marks a significant breakthrough in both cases, providing a ray of hope for justice for the victims and their families.

- With inputs from our correspondent

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