Krishnagar, Sept. 17: A milk trader in Nadia hacked his daughter to death on the road near his home on finding her in the house of a youth with whom she allegedly was in a relationship.
Police said the 18-year-old girl was pinned to ground by her brother and uncle while the father hacked her with a sickle, the incident taking place in front of at least 50 villagers of Nakashipara.
“Juma’s father Sashan Ghosh was opposed to her relationship with Sanjoy De, who lived across the street. We have started a suo motu case of murder. Sashan, his brother Manik and son Balaram have fled. We are looking for them and have arrested the girl’s mother Chhaya” a police officer said.
The officer said preliminary investigation revealed the girl’s uncle threatened villagers with a sickle, which prevented them from intervening.
“The incident took place in front about 50 villagers. Sashan and his brother brandished sharp weapons. So, no villager came forward to rescue the girl. After the murder, Sashan, Manik and Balaram fled, leaving the blood-soaked body in front of their house. They told the villagers that they would attack them with the weapons if they tried to block their path,” the officer said.
District superintendent of police S.R. Mishra said: “We have started a case and we hope to arrest the trio soon.”
According to another officer, Sashan had sent his daughter to his brother Manik’s house in a neighbouring village last month to prevent her from meeting with Sanjoy.
“But Jhuma fled last night and came to Sanjoy’s house. Manik came this morning to inform his elder brother that Jhuma had escaped. When Sashan spotted his daughter in Sanjay’s house, he dragged his daughter out and hacked her with a sickle,” the officer added.
Villagers said the relationship between Jhuma and Sanjoy started two years ago. Sashan, the added, was against this.
“The main reason behind his opposition was Sanjoy’s poor financial status. He was a mason’s son and himself worked as a mason in Pune,” said Krishna Chandra Raha, Sanjay’s maternal uncle.
In March this year, the two escaped and married in a temple in another village.
‘Sashan lodged a complaint of kidnapping against Sanjay who was arrested because Jhuma was not yet 18 at that time,” a villager said.
Sanjoy was last month released on bail.
Early this month, Sashan took her daughter Jhuma to his ancestral house in Vebudanga village, 5km away.
But on Sunday, Jhuma escaped from Manik’s house. “Sanjay was planning to leave for Pune with Jhuma,” the villager said.