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NRI arrested at airport on charges of murdering wife

Staff Reporter

He is suspected to have killed her at her residence in U.S.

NEW DELHI: A young Non-Resident Indian, who allegedly murdered his wife at Phoenix in the United States on Thursday, was arrested soon after he landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here on Saturday.

He was produced in a city court on Sunday that remanded him to one-day judicial custody. The airport authorities here had received information through the Central Bureau of Investigation on Saturday about a red-corner notice issued by Interpol against 32-year-old Avtar Singh Grewal as he was suspected to have murdered his 30-year-old wife Navneet Kaur in Phoenix on Thursday. No sooner Avtar landed at the IGI Airport, Immigration officials intercepted him and handed him over to the police.

Living separately

Avtar married Navneet about two years ago. It is alleged that they did not get along well and had been living separately.

Avtar worked for a firm at Vancouver in Canada, while Navneet worked in Phoenix and lived alone.

Navneet's father, a retired police officer who lives in neighbouring Gurgaon, told the media that Avtar wanted Navneet to quit her job and live with him. But she wanted to stay on and obtain U.S. citizenship. This allegedly led to frequent altercations between them.

On Friday morning when Navneet did not turn up for work, her colleagues went to check on her at her residence and discovered that she had been murdered. It is suspected that Avtar went from Vancouver to Phoenix by air on Thursday, allegedly killed Navneet and then flew to New Jersey from where he took a flight to Delhi.

Wanted divorce

Avtar, who belongs to Punjab, comes from an influential background.

According to an agency report, the Phoenix police claimed to have gathered evidence establishing Avtar's involvement and that he had been seen at his estranged wife's residence on Thursday. The report says Navneet was planning to divorce Avtar.

Now that Avtar has been arrested, the Phoenix police would approach the Ministry of External Affairs here with a request for his extradition.

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