DU student Ayush Nautiyal murdered by fashion designer Ishtiaq Ali

Ayush Nautiyal, the 21-year-old Delhi University student who was found murdered on Wednesday knew his killer, 25-year-old Ishtiaq Ali, and had met him through a dating website, a statement by Delhi police said on Thursday. According to the police, Ayush often used various dating applications and met strangers frequently. The Delhi police on Thursday arrested Ali in connection with the murder and stated that Ali has confessed to committing the murder.

Ayush went missing on March 22 and was found murdered in a drain in New Delhi’s Dwarka Sector 13. Ali, who works as a sampling manager for various export houses, was arrested after a “long, painstaking investigation.” He first killed the student and then made a ransom call to Ayush’s parents, demanding Rs 50 lakh from them, an amount which was brought down to Rs 10 lakh after negotiations.

Over the next three days, the kidnappers set up several meetings for collecting the money but did not turn up. On Wednesday night, the story took a tragic turn and the facts began to emerge. Ali told the police that he murdered him after an altercation and the ransom call was a cover up to buy time to dispose of Ayush’s body.

Police said Ishtyaq, a fashion designer working with an export house, told them that he had bludgeoned Ayush to death with a hammer in a fit of rage on March 22, after the third-year BCom student threatened to break up with him. Ishtyaq then cooked up the kidnap story to mislead Ayush’s family and the cops, police said.