Emmerdale confirms upcoming murder as Meena Jutla claims first victim – who could it be?

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Meena Jutla (played by Paige Sandhu) has not been very popular with viewers ever since she arrived in Emmerdale. Those watching at home have always had a sneaky feeling she was not to be trusted and it didn’t take long before her menacing ways were played out on screen. The soap has now confirmed Meena will take her first victim in the village this summer. But who is at risk of being killed? Express.co.uk has all the possible victims and why they could find themselves on the receiving end of Meena’s murderous wrath. 

David Metcalfe 

Despite David’s (Matthew Wolfenden) disastrous dating history, Meena was not put off and soon got her claws into the shop owner. 

In the early days of their relationship, she displayed the need for lots of attention and quickly got jealous when she saw David speaking to anyone of his exes. 

The couple experienced a few hiccups, but after communicating their feelings, they made their relationship official and things have been pretty smooth for the pair. 

Until David’s son, Jacob Gallagher (Joe-Warren Plant) returned from Portugal. 

He has been spending a lot of time with Jacob, much to the annoyance of Meena, and in upcoming scenes, she will plot to get the teenager out of her way so she can have David’s undivided attention. 

Would she go as far as killing her own boyfriend out of rage? 

Jacob Gallagher

As for Jacob, following on from returning to the Dales, he and Meena have not interacted with one another that much. 

But she sees him as the biggest obstacle standing in her way of happiness. 

The actor who plays Jacob has not been back on screen for long, having taken part in the 2021 series of Dancing on Ice. 

Perhaps he is embroiled in a sinister storyline that sees him being killed and leaving the soap? 

Victoria Sugden 

Victoria (Isabel Hodgins) hasn’t interacted much with David, the odd conversation in the shop, mainly about their babies who are of a similar age. 

In previous scenes of the soap, Luke Posner (Max Parker) left for Manchester after the truth about his sexuality and the day of Lee Posner’s (Kris Mochrie) death was exposed. 

Victoria is still reeling from what happened and next week, she has a conversation with David who listens and offers her some advice. 

Could this be the start of these two popular characters getting closer to one another? 

In turn, that could easily annoy a menacing Meena – would the soap really kill off Victoria? 

Diane Sugden

Diane (Elizabeth Estensen) is an unlikely suspect but in the last couple of weeks, she has been helping Meena find her friend’s graveyard. 

Emmerdale fans saw Meena choose Diane to confide in about Nadine’s death. 

She told a certain version of the story, explaining how Nadine became unhappy and took her own life after making friends with people who were not good for her. 

Meena went on to cryptically say ever since she was unable to help Nadine, she is determined to make sure her friends and family are in the right place with the right people now. 

Diane was curious about Meena’s revelation and tried to help her find details of Nadine’s burial place, but Meena warned her not to pry. 

Is Diane going to be the resident that is killed by Meena as a warning to not get involved in her private life? 

Leyla Harding, Tracy Metcalfe or Priya Sharma 

These three ladies are all exes of David’s and rile Meena up when they speak to the shop owner. 

Leyla (Roxy Shahidi) recently married Liam Cavanagh (Johnny McPherson) and Tracy (Amy Walsh) is in a relationship with Nate Robinson (Jurell Carter). 

But that hasn’t stopped an insecure Meena from accusing her boyfriend of flirting with the ladies. 

Could one of them find themselves caught in the crossfire? 

Manpreet and Rishi Sharma 

Manpreet (Rebecca Parker) was not impressed when her younger sister arrived, Rishi (Bhasker Patel) on the other hand, couldn’t see why his wife was so dismissive of Meena. 

The newcomer has been obsessed with the doctor’s love life and has been trying to push her towards Charles Anderson (Kevin Mathurin). 

Having told Diane how far she is willing to go to protect and ensure her family’s happiness, could Rishi be killed accidentally as she plots for Manpreet to get back together with Charles? 

Charles and Ethan Anderson

Manpreet has been meddling in Ethan’s (Emile John) life after she got wind his mother had run away when he was a child. 

Viewers saw her pretending to be Ethan’s mother and contacting him to meet up, inevitably, the solicitor was stood up. 

It is only a matter of time before Ethan finds out what Meena has been doing, perhaps he will be the one who ends up killed, but and his father has only just arrived in the village… 

Emmerdale’s Producer, Kate Brooks spoke about the new storyline arc: “Meena has been a whirlwind since arriving in the village, scheming and manipulating people and situations to get what she wants and causing nothing but drama and unnecessary heartache in the process. 

“Her seemingly caring facade belies her true persona; a woman with a murky past and no conscience. Meena’s lack of empathy is often perceived by those around her as little more than spoilt petulance, however, we soon learn the true extent of her narcissistic and amoral character.

“Malevolent Meena will wreak havoc in the village and once she has you in her sights, no one is safe from her devious and dangerous machinations. 

“This storyline will see the viewers gripped as they realise that this is a woman who is capable of anything and everything.”

Paige also spoke about the challenge: “It’s great to play a character that is on a completely different wavelength to everyone else, who always has a hidden agenda and will do anything to get what she wants. 

“Her lack of empathy and her playfulness make her a very exciting character. She’s the strangest character I’ve played for sure, but also the most fun.”

Emmerdale is available to watch on the ITV Hub now. 

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