In a tragic turn of events, a seemingly ordinary Tinder date took a horrifying twist culminating in the murder of a 28-year-old individual. The unsettling incident sheds light on the darker consequences that can arise from online interactions, prompting a closer examination of the safety measures in place for digital dating platforms. The unfolding details paint a chilling narrative of how what began as a meeting between strangers ended in a fatal tragedy.
Tinder or Killer??
Dushyant Sharma, 28, found himself entangled in a web of deceit when he matched with Priya Seth on Tinder. Despite three months of seemingly genuine conversations, their in-person meeting took a dark turn. Meeting at a rented accommodation, Dushyant, who concealed his marital status, portrayed himself as a wealthy businessman named Vivan Kohli. Unbeknownst to him, Priya had ulterior motives, engaging in the interaction with the intent to kidnap him and extort money. This tale of deception began in February 2018 and unravelled tragically.
Assisted by Dikshant Kamra and Lakshya Walia, Priya executed the kidnapping of Dushyant as he entered the house. Upon realizing that the proclaimed ‘Delhi businessman’ wasn’t as affluent as asserted during the ransom call, and with Dushyant’s family unable to pay ₹10 lakh, the perpetrators resorted to a gruesome end. They murdered him by inflicting multiple stab wounds and smothering him with a pillow.
Save me please!!!
Dushyant’s father, Rameshwar Prasad Sharma, revealed in an interview with activist Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj that a call came from his son’s phone, conveying, “We got a call from my son’s phone, and ‘Papa, they will kill me, please give them ₹ 10 lakh and save me.”
His father told, “Priya then snatched the phone and started abusing me. She asked me to deposit ₹ 10 lakh in Dushyant’s account. I told her that I don’t have that much money, but could arrange ₹ 3 lakh by 4 pm.”
Having taken control of Dushyant’s debit card and coerced him into revealing the pin, they withdrew ₹20,000 after the father deposited ₹3 lakh. In a bid to avoid detection, the trio, fearing exposure of their crime, proceeded to kill Dushyant. His lifeless body was discovered on May 4, 2018, concealed in a suitcase in a village outskirts of Jaipur.
The Murderers admit their Crime!
Having been convicted, Priya Seth admitted to the crime, revealing her motive. She stated, “He did not even tell me his real name. he told me he is very rich. I was in a live-in relationship with Dikshant and he had a debt of ₹ 21 lakhs. He was looking for someone to get that money from. So we made this plan together to kidnap someone, ask for a ransom, and murder the person.”
Responding to activist Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj’s inquiry about why they killed Dushyant despite receiving the money, Priya Seth explained, “We had killed him before the money had come in. First, we tried to strangle him, then smothered him with a pillow, but he survived. Then Dikshant asked me to get a knife, using which he slit his throat.”
On Saturday, Sessions Judge Ajit Kumar Hinger sentenced the three accused to life imprisonment for the murder of Dushyant Sharma, stating that the prosecution had provided sufficient evidence to establish the facts.