Police said Yadav and Nidhi Mishra, 22, were college sweethearts and had been in a relationship for four years before she got engaged to another man on November 30. For the past month, Yadav was in Allahabad with his family, but he suddenly came down to Mumbai alone on Monday. Police believe the murder was premeditated as he had carried a pistol along.
The pistol and two cartridges were found at the crime scene. Yadav has a criminal history and has been booked in cases of assault and extortion in the past. He was currently handling a construction site in Kandivali for a builder. Mishra had graduated last year. Two months ago, she joined a private company as a human resources executive. “I did not want her to work and had found a match for her. But the wedding was scheduled in May 2021 and she convinced me to let her work till then. I have lost my purpose to live,” Mishra’s father told TOI. Her family said they had never heard of Yadav before and she was happy with the match they had selected.
“Not once did she object to the engagement and she was in fact quite happy with the match as she was acquainted with her fiance. We had a small party at home for her birthday on December 14 and her fiance had also come over. Last weekend, the two even travelled to Shirdi,” her father said. The family suspects Yadav abducted her before shooting her.
“We have found CCTV footage of Yadav and her on a motorcycle after he picked her up from office on Monday. The two ordered a vada pav and dosa from a food stall before going to the back road in Malad where they got into an argument. Yadav shot her in the back of the head before shooting himself in the temple. Another couple spotted them collapse on the ground and went to check on them before dialling the police control room,” said an officer.
Mishra’s colleagues had seen Yadav come to pick her up in the past. But she had told them he had a criminal record and that she had no intention of marrying him.
“Nidhi’s mother kept calling her when she did not return home from office. The third time she called, a policeman answered and said there had been an accident. We had already shopped for her wedding and booked train tickets to our hometown. Now, everything is over,” Mishra’s aunt sobbed.