Radhika Kaushik, a news anchor died after she allegedly fell off the balcony of her fourth floor apartment in a high-rise society in Sector 77, Noida, on December 14. The incident occurred at 3.30 am when she was with one of her colleagues at Antriksh Forest Apartments. The police have arrested Rahul Awasthi, a senior anchor and colleague of the deceased, who was present at the time of the incident.
It has been reported that Awasthi has changed his statements many a time. He earlier told police that he was in the washroom when Radhika ‘fell’ to her death. But the investigating officers found loopholes in his statement.
Shwetabh Pandey, circle officer 3, Noida police, said:
“One of the security guards of the building had seen the duo standing in the balcony just minutes before Radhika fell.”
After detaining Awasthi, the police officials are probing the case from all angles. Forensic teams too had recreated the crime scene.
Pandey was quoted as saying:
“Our preliminary investigations suggest that this may not have been a murder. However, Awasthi, a resident of Sector 134, definitely had a role to play in the incident. The forensic team, based on Radhika’s height, have said that the chances are slim that she would have been sitting on the balcony railing, a claim Rahul had made. He has been arrested and will be produced before a judicial magistrate on Monday.”
On the other hand, the police have registered an FIR on the basis of complaint filed by Radhika’s family. Awasthi has been booked under Section 304.