Apoorva was questioned for three days as the police investigated the mysterious death of 40-year-old Rohit Shekhar on April 16. He was earlier believed to have died of a cardiac arrest.”She confessed that she has murdered her husband and said their marriage was unhappy. She said her hopes and dreams were all dashed,” said senior police officer Rajiv Ranjan.”They had a fight which became violent. She pounced on him and strangled him. He had been drinking, so he was in no position to resist.”
Rohit Shekhar was murdered in his room around 1 am. “She later destroyed the evidence. All this happened within one-and-a-half hours,” said the police officer. Earlier that day – April 15 – Rohit Shekhar, his mother Ujjwala and a relative had driven back from Kathgodam, where he had gone to cast his vote for the Lok Sabha election.”He had been drinking all the way along with a woman relative,” said the officer. No one tried to wake Rohit Shekhar the next morning because he had insomnia. Someone went in hours later, around 4 pm, and saw him lying unconscious, with a nosebleed. “We have arrested Apoorva with the help of scientific evidence and FSL (Forensic Science Laboratory) report. She confessed that she has murdered her husband and said their marriage was unhappy. She said her hopes and dreams were all dashed,” Additional Commissioner of Police Rajiv Ranjan said.
“On the night of the incident, the couple had a fight over a relative. Rohit had been drinking all the way from Uttarakhand to Delhi and was not in a condition to resist. During the fight she pounced on him and smothered him,” he added.”She later destroyed the evidences. All this happened within one-and-half hours,” said the officer, adding that she initially tried to mislead the Crime Branch team.”As of now, from the fact and circumstances, it seems the killing was not planned. The background was there that they had a turbulent marriage and Rohit Shekhar and his family were thinking of separation. After interrogation, it was found that Apoorva Shukla Tiwari and Rohit had a turbulent marriage. All her hopes with the marriage were belied,” Mr Ranjan said. Rohit had fought a six-year-long battle in court to prove that he was the son of ND Tiwari, a veteran Congress leader who was chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.