Police interrogate Dhamnigaon residents in Bokaro on Tuesday and Puroshottam Singh’s house (below) where he killed his first wife and daughter on Monday. (Pankaj Singh)
Angry with their opposition to his second marriage, a 38-year-old man killed his first wife and daughter, a matric examinee, at Nawadih block in Bokaro district on Monday night.
Puroshottam Singh (38), a small-time businessman-cum-farmer at Dhamnigaon village located around 57km from Bokaro steel city, first slit the throats of Shanti Devi (34) and 16-year-old Rinki Kumari and then set them on fire to make the twin murders look like an accident.
But he was exposed when he rushed to call his neighbours around 11pm, saying that his wife and daughter had been caught in a fire in his kitchen. On reaching the single-storeyed house, the neighbours found out that the mother-daughter duo were lying lifeless with more than 60 per cent burns.
Further, Singh’s second wife, Padmini Devi, and her parents were also present in an adjoining room in the house, but none came to rescue Shanti and her daughter.
The neighbours smelt foul play and informed police, who rushed to the spot within five-seven minutes to find that Shanti and Rinki had died.
Police later arrested Singh and Padmini. During interrogation, the duo admitted that they murdered Shanti and Rinki as they had never accepted Singh’s second marriage and had been demanding that Padmini be ousted from the house.
“Shanti and Rinki were first murdered by Singh, who then set them on fire after sprinkling kerosene to mislead the police and others that the duo died in an accident while cooking. Singh and his second wife have been arrested while his in-laws have been detained for interrogation,” Nawadih police station officer-in-charge Vishnu Prasad Raut told The Telegraph.
The bodies have been sent for post-mortem to Tenughat hospital.
Police said that Singh had married Shanti 17 years back. A year later, Shanti gave birth to Rinki, who had been a good student all her life.
“But he had always wanted a son and developed a relationship with Padmini a few years ago. Last year, he married Padmini, which was strongly opposed by Shanti and Rinki. But a stubborn Singh went his way and even asked Padmini to live in the same house,” said a neighbour, adding that there used to be frequent quarrels in the house.
According to the neighbour, Shanti and Rinki had been pressing for Padmini’s ouster from the house. But Padmini’s parents were adamant that she stayed with her husband. They also moved in soon.
“Last evening, too, we heard shouts till around 8.30pm after which everything became quiet,” he added.
A student of Telo High School, Rinki’s exams were to end on March 7.