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New Delhi : A 21-year-old aspiring actor was murdered here by his arrested script writer friend for Rs.2 lakh, police said Monday.

Shanti Deep Verma, 31, an alumnus of Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, killed Sumit Tewari as he needed money, police said after questioning the accused.

Verma was arrested 10 days after the body of victim Tewari was recovered Feb 23 from the former's house in Mandawali in east Delhi, police said.

A team of Delhi police arrested Verma from Bahraich in Uttar Pradesh Sunday morning.

"Verma needed money as none of his scripts were getting sold. He pretended to offer work in his forthcoming film to Tewari, whom he was befriended through the Facebook, and abducted him," said a police officer.

On Feb 21, Verma called Tewari and asked him to do a rehearsal at his home for a film.

When Tewari came, Verma made him do several rehearsal after reading him portions of the script of the film. He then showed him a portion of a Hindi movie "Fas Gaye Re Obama" in which hands and legs of an actor were tied and a cloth tied on his mouth.

Verma asked Tewari to enact that scene. He tied the legs and hands of Tewari and also gagged him but refused to free him unless he got Rs.2 lakh from his parents, police said.

As the victim tried to raise an alarm, Verma strangled him, police said.

After stuffing Tewari body in suitcase, Verma made a Rs.2 lakh ransom call to his father. He fled to Uttar Pradesh after he failed to extract the ransom money, police said.

Tewari had done a three-month course in modelling and acting from Noida. He was looking forward to becoming a model and TV actor, police said.

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The lure of easy money after a spate of failures in the world of glamour was enough to inspire this 31-year-old struggling scriptwriter to enact a kidnap-murder saga.

AdTech AdUnable to sell his four creative scripts, the writer decided to kidnap a vulnerable aspiring actor for ransom, but ended up murdering him in cold blood.

The horrible kidnapping and murder of Sumit Tewari of Karawal Nagar in the Capital by the accused Shanti Deep Verma, an alumnus of Film and Television Institute of India, Pune is a gory tale of glamour, greed and deceit.

Tewari was deceived into performing a role in which he tied himself up and later informed that it was a plan to actually kidnap him for ransom. When he resisted, Verma strangulated him to death, packed his body in a briefcase and fled.

The police arrested Verma from his native place in Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh on March 2, where he had gone to meet his father. After executing the murder on February 21, Verma stayed in Kanpur, Varanasi, Allahabad and Lucknow to avoid getting caught.

His unsold scripts were titled as 'Love in Kasba', 'Sampark Kranti', 'Mohlat' and 'Pehchaan'.

Verma, a journalism and mass communication professional, befriended Tewari on Facebook in February and lured him with a role in an upcoming movie. Tewari, who was eager to bag the role, started visiting Verma at his Mandawali residence for rehearsals.

Sumit TewariSumit Tewari, the aspiring actor.The first two days - February 19 and 20 - went well and Tewari returned to his house, too happy about his upcoming project. However, on February 21, Verma showed Bollywood movie Phas Gaye Re Obama to Tewari, asking him to perform the scene wherein a character is tied up and gagged.

"Tewari, still unaware about Verma's plot, did it with ease. When he was tied up and gagged, Verma revealed his plan to kidnap him for ransom," said Dheeraj Kumar, additional deputy commissioner of police-I (north-east).

He informed Tewari that he would be left tied up for around three days till he got the ransom amount of Rs.2 lakh from his family.

Sensing that he had landed into big trouble, Tewari, a passout of Akash Institute of Marwah Studio in Noida, attempted to free himself. However, Verma climbed on Tewari's chest.

"He strangulated Tewari to death and packed the body in a briefcase," Kumar said. On February 21, Verma made a ransom call of Rs.2 lakh to Tewari's family.

The family members immediately informed the police. Tewari had told his family about the new assignment and also shared Verma's address. On February 22, Verma realised he could be caught anytime and thus locked his accommodation, leaving the body inside and fled.

"On February 23, the police broke the lock of Verma's residence, only to find the body in a briefcase. The body was shifted to GTB hospital and later handed over to the family," Kumar added.

During investigation, several raids were conducted at suspected hideouts and Verma was finally nabbed from Bahraich.

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Delhi: Scriptwriter kills aspiring actor for money, makes him watch film before murder

New Delhi: He was aspiring to be a script writer for movies, tried to implement one and landed in jail for murder. An alumni of the prestigious Pune Film Institute, Shanti Deep Verma (31), was apprehended on Saturday from UP's Bahraich for allegedly murdering an aspiring actor Sumit Tiwari (21) at his rented flat in east Delhi's Mandawli area 11 days ago for Rs two lakh.

Verma made the victim watch a portion of 'Fas Gaye Re Obama' in which the hands and legs of the hero are tied and his mouth gagged and asked him to enact it, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-East) Dheeraj Kumar said on Monday. "Then Verma tied Tiwari's legs and hands and gagged his mouth. He told the actor that he would release him only after he gets Rs two lakh from his parents. Tiwari struggled to free himself but Verma strangled him and purchased a suitcase from the local market and stuffed the dead body in it.

"He then made the ransom call to his father from Tiwari's mobile. He tried to dispose off the dead body but could not succeed. As the time passed, he feared arrest and fled," he said. Verma kept shifting from Kanpur to Allahabad, to Banaras and Lucknow to hide himself and later when he was going to his parents' house in Bahraich, he was arrested, the police official said.

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