Honour killing: Complaint about missing bike leads UP cops to murderous parents

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Sitapur, June 22: An inquiry into the disappearance of a bike led police in Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur district to a couple who murdered their 18-year-old daughter over her connection with a young man.

Last week, the nude body of an unnamed girl with her throat slashed was discovered near a pond in Saholi hamlet, which falls under the jurisdiction of Sandana police station.

Cops were unable to determine the victim’s identify for over three days, but a complaint about a missing motorbike by Ram Avtar of adjacent Pakarnarayanpur village provided them with a break in the murder investigation.

According to ASP (Sitapur) N.P. Singh, the police became suspicious after learning that Pankaj Kumar, together with his wife, daughter and two boys, had been gone for four days after renting a motorbike from Ram Avtar.

He stated that complainant Ram Avtar informed him that Pankaj Kumar, a resident of the same area, had borrowed a bike to visit his in-laws on June 16 and had been missing since.

After an investigation determined that the deceased girl was Pankaj’s daughter, police went to his in-laws’ residence in adjacent Begurawa village and arrested Pankaj and his wife, who admitted to killing their daughter.

“The couple admitted that they were fed up with their daughter’s relationships with youth from different castes.” They resided in Delhi and worked as domestic assistance. “The couple paid a visit to their native village in Sitapur a week ago with the intention of eliminating their daughter if she did not agree to end this relationship,” the official added.

“As planned, Pankaj departed his hometown, informing everyone he was travelling to his in-laws’ residence on June 16. He strangled his daughter with the assistance of his wife after stopping at a remote location in Saholi village. Couple also cut the neck of the girl and left after disposing of her corpse there. “When the crime was carried out, the couple’s two minor sons were also present,” said O.P. Tiwari, in-charge of Sadana police station.

He said that the accused removed the girl’s clothes so that her identification could not be determined.

He said that the accused’s axe and scarf were also discovered, and they have been charged under Indian Penal Code sections 302 for murder, 120-B for criminal conspiracy, and 201 for concealing the corpse.