Wife, 3 others held for killing man
A 29-year-old woman, her boyfriend and two contract killers were arrested for allegedly shooting her husband dead at the Mayur Vihar Metro station a week ago.
Other than the woman, the three arrested have been identified as Deepak (22), and Sanjeev (28) and Rahul(20) — alleged contract killers. On February 4, the woman’s husband Shiv Prasad was shot at the Mayur Vihar Metro station. He later succumbed to injuries at a government hospital.
According to police, the woman was being abused by her husband over the last 15 years and this had prompted her to murder him in connivance with her boyfriend Deepak and two contract killers. The woman reportedly told police that she had been forced into marrying Shiv Prasad after he kidnapped her brother. Shiv Prasad, she alleged, went on to murder her brother after their marriage and then forced her into prostitution.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (East), Prabhakar said, “In 1996, Prasad alias Shibu had married the woman forcibly when she was only 14 years old. Shibu was then a resident of Dakshinpuri and used to visit a friend named Rocky who lived in the same area. During one of his visits, he saw the woman and fell in love with her. However, her family opposed the match and her brother, Vinod, severely beat up Shibu. To avenge this, Shibu kidnapped Vinod and assaulted him. Shibu said that he would release Vinod only if the family married off the girl to him.”
“Left with no other option, the family agreed to get them married. However, the next day, Vinod reportedly ‘died’ due to injuries. The case was not reported by the family as, by then, Shibu had married her.
“Shibu, meanwhile, got involved in many criminal activities and had ten criminal cases registered against him between 1997 and 2001. He served several jail sentences as well. After his release, Shibu started torturing his wife mentally and physically. A son was born to them, but considering Shibu’s behaviour, she gave the boy away to her mother,” Prabhakar said.
In 2001, Shibu allegedly murdered one of his sons by electrocuting him in an inebriated state. However, this case was also not reported by the family as they feared Shibu would be arrested, police said.
In August 2003, Shibu forced his wife into prostitution, police said. Last year, in May, she came in contact with Deepak, who was one of her clients. Deepak fell in love with her and the two eloped to her parental home in Dichaon Kalan. The police said the couple feared Shibu and wanted to eliminate him to lead a peaceful life.
“Rahul, who used to live in the woman’s neighborhood and was sympathetic towards her, introduced them to a contract killer, Sanjeev. For Rs 2 lakh, Rahul and Sanjeev agreed to kill Shibu. The woman arranged for the money from her father’s retirement fund,” said Prabhakar.
On the day of the incident, Deepak lured Shibu to come to Mayur Vihar Metro station on the pretext that he will get to see his wife and son. “It was planned that while Deepak diverted Shibu’s attention by making a call to his cellphone, Rahul and Sanjeev will shoot him. The three reached the station in an Indica,” said Prabhakar.
When Shibu reached the station, Deepak called him up. Shibu received the call and just then, Sanjeev, who had covered himself with a shawl to escape identification, shot Shibu in the back. The trio fled from the spot in the Indica and later abandoned it near Meerut, police said.
The four accused have been sent to three days’ police custody.
Two countrymade weapons of .315 bore, Rs 75,000 in cash and a mobile phone have been recovered.
The reporter is a student of EXIMS, New Delhi