Sashan being taken to court. (Pranab Debnath)
Krishnagar, Sept. 19: A Nadia milk trader who hacked his daughter to death in front of his home on Sunday was arrested today.
Sashan Ghosh, who along with his son and brother killed his daughter Jhuma on finding her at the home of youth with whom she allegedly was in a relationship, appeared repentant.
“I don’t know how I killed my daughter. I loved her very much,” he said outside Nakashipara police station.
“I had lost my ability to reason and killed her in a fit of rage. She had repeatedly ignored my orders to stay away from that boy,” Sashan added.
Sashan’s brother and son are still at large.
The milk trader said the anger against his daughter was prompted by repeated abusive comments the youth’s friends made. “They often abused me because I opposed to my daughter getting married to Sanjoy De,”he said.
“Sanjoy’s friends would also call up my wife on her mobile phone and abuse her. They had been doing so since Sunday night,” he said.
“On that night, my wife had gone to attend a puja in nearby Bhebodanga where Sanjoy’s friends abused her. All this made me lose my temper on seeing my daughter at the boy’s home,” Sashan told reporters.
He went on: “But, I never thought I would kill my daughter. I can’t understand how I acted so brutally,” he added.
Sashan had last month sent Jhuma to his brother’s place in a neighbouring village to prevent her from meeting Sanjoy. But she had run away from there and come the boy’s house the next morning.
“When I came to know that Jhuma was in Sanjoy’s house, I dragged her out and hacked her with a sickle,” Sashan said before boarding the police van, which took him to a court in Krishnagar.
Asked why he had been on the run, Sashan said he was “scared”.
A team, led by Nakashipara police station in charge Raktim Bhattacharjee, raided some of Sashan’s relatives in Bhebodanga village early today and arrested him.
District superintendent of police S.R. Mishra said: “We arrested him from a jute field while he was trying to flee”.
“The police are yet to trace Jhuma’s elder brother Balaram and uncle Manik. We have some tip-offs. We expect to arrest them soon,” the officer said.
Students and teachers of Dharmada Sushila Bala Hindu Girls’ High school, where Jhuma studied in Class X, mourned her death today and the school remained closed.