Five days after a 36-year-old Swiss national’s body was recovered from behind an MCD-run school in West Delhi, police took the accused, Gurpreet Singh, to the different areas he had allegedly visited from October 18-20 to recreate the scene.
Singh (33) allegedly killed Nina Berger, tied her limbs with chains, and dumped the body near the school last week.
Meanwhile, the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) in Switzerland said in a statement: “The FDFA confirms the death of a Swiss citizen in India. The Swiss Embassy in New Delhi is in contact with local authorities. For reasons of data protection and personal privacy, no further details can be given.”
When asked if local authorities have been able to identify and/or trace Berger’s family, the FDFA replied: “The FDFA supports relatives within the framework of consular protection.”
The accused met Berger on a dating app in 2021 while he was travelling to Zurich, Switzerland, to meet his relatives. However, police said, Singh soon started pressuring Berger into marrying him and proposed to her 5-6 times. She rejected his proposal citing multiple reasons even as they continued dating, said police. Feeling dejected, police said Singh started suspecting Berger of having an affair.
On October 11, Berger came to India and stayed at a hotel in Delhi. On October 18, Singh allegedly killed her inside his car.
Police also conducted a psychoanalysis of the accused after he was giving “unsatisfactory” answers and kept changing his statements.
A police source said the accused bought the chains and locks two days before Berger’s murder.
“He had told her that he was giving her a surprise and tied her hands with a chain. We went to the shop where he purchased the items worth Rs 600. We visited different locations including the shops, car garage and his house. We are still trying to ascertain the sequence of events and gather more witnesses,” said the officer.
Police said Singh and his family hadn’t been cooperative during questioning. They refused to answer questions about Berger and her visits to India, they said. Police suspect Singh’s involvement in a sex-trafficking racket and are questioning his associates. The investigating team also recovered Rs 2.5 crore from Singh’s Janakpuri residence and several crores from his account.
While the motive behind the murder isn’t clear, police suspect that Singh had invited Berger to India to ask her to marry him. It is suspected that he killed her after she declined his proposal.