A woman died in hospital late on Wednesday night after allegedly being poisoned by her husband at their Binodpur Colony residence under the jurisdiction of Town police station, around 300km northeast of Patna.
The deceased has been identified as Kumari Kamal Narayani (24), hailing from Darbhanga district. She died during treatment at the emergency ward of Katihar Medical College and Hospital (KMCH).
Narayani was married to Pranay Kumar Jha, the manager of Maniyari branch of the State Bank of India, last year. Jha admitted his wife to the KMCH but left after he got to know mother-in-law Bina Devi and uncle-in-law Ashok Mishra were in town. He could not be traced thereafter.
“A case of dowry death has been registered against Jha, his father Jagat Narayan and mother Meera Devi under Town police station. Raids are on to nab them,” Katihar superintendent of police Asghar Imam said. He added: “The body was handed over to the deceased’s family after post-mortem at Sadar hospital. The report is awaited.”
Mishra, Narayani’s uncle, said: “We lodged a case of dowry death against Jha and his parents at Town police station but our statements were recorded at Mufassil police station. My niece was poisoned after Jha’s parents reached Katihar on Wednesday morning. We are yet to get a copy of the FIR and its number or any document showing that a case has already been lodged. Jha was pressuring my niece for a dowry of Rs 10-15 lakh to buy a flat in Patna. He has an illicit relationship with a girl working in a nationalised bank in Patna.”