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Dowry death cuffs on husband

- Crime spurt challenge for police

A man allegedly murdered his newly married wife for dowry at their Kankerbagh residence late on Saturday night.

Police conducted a raid at the deceased Kanchan Kumari’s house located near TPS College and arrested the husband Chandan Kumar. He was sent to jail on Sunday after interrogation.

The deceased’s father, Awadhesh Singh, lodged a complaint with Kankerbagh police station on Sunday alleging that his daughter was being harassed by her in-laws for dowry ever since she got married. She had narrated her tale of woes to her parents over phone also.

Singh, a resident of Nalanda district, told the police that Kanchan was married to Chandan in February 2012 and the couple had a baby girl.

The neighbours told him that the couple had quarrelled over some issue late in the night. Kanchan was found dead in one of the rooms in the morning, he added.

The station house officer (SHO) of the Kankerbagh police station, Arun Gupta, said the woman was strangled to death. She had talked to her mother over phone around 10pm on Saturday. “To my utter surprise, my son-in-law informed me in the morning that Kanchan was dead,” the SHO quoted the deceased’s mother as saying.

The victim’s father claimed that he had provided a computer to Chandan a few months ago. “He was still pressuring Kanchan for more money, which she refused, leading to her murder,” the hapless father told the investigating officials.

The SHO said a complaint had already been lodged against the victim’s husband under relevant sections of the Anti-dowry Act. Police said Chandan was working in a private firm. “The role of other family members of the accused is being verified,” he told The Telegraph.

The incident has sent shockwaves among the residents, who gathered at the house of the deceased in large numbers on Sunday morning. “The news about the death of the newly wed woman spread like wildfire in the locality,” said Rajendra Upadhyay, a neighbour. The deceased’s relatives alleged that the local police officials were initially reluctant to lodge a case in connection to the incident.

“The police agreed to lodge a complaint only after we laid a siege to the police station,” a close relative, who didn’t wish to be identified, said. The police have sent the body to Patna Medical College and Hospital for a post-mortem. “The autopsy report is awaited,” the SHO said.

Body recovered

One Pinki Kumar, who was last year married to one Gabbar, a resident of Katesarchak village in Patna rural, was found murdered. The police arrested the victim’s father in-law Rajdev Paswan and launched a search for the husband.