Ayush Nautiyal, a 21-year-old Delhi College student who was allegedly kidnapped on March 22 was found dead on 29 March. Police revealed that accused Ishtiaq Ali confessed to the abduction and killing of Nautiyal following an altercation with the deceased whom he met through a dating app. The body of the deceased student was found in a drain in Dwarka area.
“Ishtiaq Ali works as a sampling manager for various export houses and is an ex-student of a fashion institute. He confessed to killing Ayush Nautiyal, a B.com Honours student from a South Campus college after an altercation,” said Ajay Chaudhary, Joint Commissioner of Police.
Nautiyal went missing on March 22, his family members tried to reach him but they failed. After some time they approached the Palam Village police station and informed that a message was sent to Nautiyal father’s mobile phone asking for a sum of Rs. 50 lakh against his release.
Police investigation further revealed that Nautiyal had gone to a restaurant in Dwarka Sector 14 with another man on March 22. With the help of CCTV footage and Nautiyal’s phone records, the police found that the man accompanying Nautiyal in the restaurant was a former fashion designer student. The accused was nabbed from Uttam Nagar on March 29 following surveillance by 30 police teams in plain clothes.
Ali also told police that he disposed off the body the next day with the help of a friend. The vehicle they used to dispose off the body has also been recovered by police. A manhunt is on to nab the other person involved in the crime.
The police also said that Nautiyal was a regular user of dating apps and used to meet strangers frequently.