A middle-aged couple was arrested for murder from Kapali in Seraikela-Kharsawan district after the decomposed body of their 25-year-old son-in-law was found at Domuhani on Sunday.
Chaita Singh Sardar, a truck driver by profession, had tied the knot six months ago against the will of his in-laws. He went missing on New Year’s Day after which his wife Durga lodged an FIR, accusing her parents and relatives of abduction.
Kapali police swung into action after Chaita’s battered body was found at the confluence Subernarekha and Kharkai rivers in Sonari.
Sub-inspector Manoj Kumar Gupta said Durga’s parents — Jai Singh Sardar (50) and Urmila (45) — and four others had kidnapped the youth from near his house on January 1 morning.
“Local residents, taking bath at Domuhani, stumbled on the body today. There were marks of grievous injuries on the victim’s head and body. He was battered with sticks, his head smashed with a boulder and his body dumped into the river perhaps a couple of days ago,” the officer-in-charge of Kapali said.
After the body was recovered, a police party raided Jai Singh Sardar’s house in Kapali bustee and arrested him and his wife. Four others named in Durga’s FIR — the complainant’s brother Sukhdev, Mohan Singh Sardar, Dilip Singh Sardar and Gulab Singh Sardar — are absconding.
“During interrogation Jai Singh and Urmila have confessed to the killing because they never wanted Chaita to marry their daughter,” Gupta said, adding that the couple accused the deceased of using force to tie the knot.
Durga, however, said she and Chaita had been in love for three years. “But, my parents and relatives were opposed to our marriage. They always threatened my husband with dire consequences. Now, they have killed him,” said the 19-year-old widow.
OC Gupta said the body had been sent to MGM Medical College for post-mortem and a case of abduction and murder registered against the couple and four others. “Raids are on to arrest the absconding accused,” he added.