Police have submitted a chargesheet against six persons for the murder of 37-year-old Pushpa Singh and her two daughters, who were battered to death with a hammer and buried under a shop in Ekbalpore.
“Of the six persons named in the chargesheet, two are minors. Their case will be forwarded to the juvenile justice board for trial,” joint commissioner (crime) Pallab Kanti Ghosh said.
The bodies were recovered on April 13, a fortnight after the widow and her daughters — Pradipti, 14, and Aradhana, 12 — had gone missing.
The police had said the triple murders were the outcome of a dispute over the flat at 90B Suresh Das Road where Singh and her daughters had been living on rent.
The 250-page chargesheet, submitted 85 days after the first arrest, has named Mohammad Sikandar, Mohammad Amin, Mohammad Wahid, Sheikh Imtiaz and the two minors as accused.
“The accused have been booked under IPC sections 302, 394, 120B, 34 and 201. The charges of murder, hurting for robbery, criminal conspiracy and common intention have been slapped on Sikandar, Amin and the two minors, who had been involved in the murder and burial of the bodies. The other two — Wahid and Imtiaz — have been booked for disappearance of evidence and furnishing wrong information and common intention,” Ghosh said.
The police claim Sikandar, who owns 90B Suresh Das Road, had hired Amin and the two minors to murder the mother and the daughters and dispose of the bodies. The bodies were carried in two trunks to a shop owned by Sikander, where they were buried.
Wahid and Imtiaz allegedly saw the crime but gave wrong information to the police.
“Wahid and Imtiaz, who lived in the same locality, had misguided the police and suppressed information when they claimed they did not see anything amiss. They had actually witnessed the trunks being carried out of the flat to Sikandar’s shop. They later blackmailed Sikandar for money,” said an officer of the homicide department.
If convicted, the two adults among the four accused charged with murder can be sentenced to death. The maximum punishment of the other two adults, if proved guilty, can be seven years in jail.
The next step in the case will be framing of charges, during which court will decide whether the charges are valid or not.