Nirupama's boyfriend in the dock

In a petition to the chief judicial magistrate, Nirupama’s mother Sudha Pathak had said that Priyabhanshu Ranjan, a Delhi-based journalist, ensnared her daughter in his nefarious design on the promise of marriage and exploited her sexually, but later she was ditched, forcing her to commit suicide.

She said Priyabhanshu’s role in the incident should not be overlooked and he should be brought to book.

Hearing the petition, the court of MK Agrawal directed the police to lodge a case against Priyabhanshu and investigate the matter. Nirupama Pathak (23),  a Delhi-based journalist with a business daily,  was found dead at her residence in Koderma district on April 29 under mysterious circumstances.

Nirupama’s mother was arrested by the Koderma Police on May 2, after the post-mortem confirmed that the journalist was smothered to the death. Meanwhile, a three-member police team interrogated Priyabhanshu in Delhi.

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