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Man kills wife to marry for dowry

Durgapur: A man who hoped to get a hefty dowry from a second marriage, killed and decapitated his wife before burying her head deep on the bank of the Damodar river, reports our correspondent.

On Saturday, Mohan Lohar, 35, led police to the riverbank in Jhanadighi under Andal police station, 200 km from Calcutta, and helped them dig out the decomposed head of his 32-year-old wife, Sangeeta.

According to the police, Sangeeta was throttled to death at Mohan’s residence in the Eastern Coalfield Ltd (ECL) quarters in Khash Kajora on the night of November 4. Mohan’s brother Gopal helped him to decapitate the body, which was dumped on the bank and the severed head buried in it, police said.

“Mohan and his brother Gopal have been arrested and a hunt is on to nab the younger brother, Biswakarma, who helped them bury the head and is now absconding. Gopal was arrested for helping Mohan severe his sister-in-law’s head,” said police superintendent of Burdwan K.C. Meena.

The police found Sangeeta’s decapitated body on November 5 and started interrogating Mohan, an ECL worker, and his siblings after her brother lodged a complaint on November 19 with the Andal police. Suspicious about Mohan’s contradictory statements, police arrested him on Friday.

On Friday night, Mohan broke down and confessed to having strangulated his wife to death after a heated altercation over dowry on November 4. Mohan told the police that his younger brother had got a huge dowry in cash and kind a few months ago, but he did not get any from Sangeeta’s parents. So he decided to kill her and then marry again to get a dowry.

Parbhani protest turns violent

Mumbai (PTI): A mob protesting against Friday’s blast outside a mosque at Parbhani, turned violent and pelted stones at a theatre and some shops before police fired three rounds in the air and lobbed teargas shells to restore order in the pilgrim town of Nanded on Saturday. Authorities have clamped curfew in the town.

“Protesting against yesterday’s explosion at a mosque in Parbhani, an unruly mob pelted stones at a theatre and damaged a few shops,” special inspector general of police B.. Raut said. The situation in Nanded is now under control, he added.

Curfew imposed in Parbhani in south Maharashtra on Friday was relaxed in some places on Saturday, but remained in force in the sensitive areas. Curfew was extended for two hours from 8 am to 10 am and thereafter relaxed in some areas till 5 pm.

8-year-old girl raped in Delhi

New Delhi (PTI): An eight-year-old girl was allegedly raped in the city by an unidentified youth on Friday night.

Police said the victim, daughter of a labourer, had gone to a public function in Sarai Rohilla in north Delhi. After the programme got over, she decided to stay back for food when she was approached by a youth who took her to a nearby place and raped her.

Mukhiya killed

Aurangabad (PTI): Naxalites of the banned Maoist Communist Centre shot dead the mukhiya of Naugarh panchayat on Saturday morning. Police said Durga Singh, 70, was killed by the rebels near Lepura village and raids were on to nab the culprits.

Rocket launchers

Gorakhpur (PTI): Rear portions of two rocket launchers were found and live bombs seized during raids conducted near the Indo-Nepal border in Uttar Pradesh. Police said the rocket launchers were found near a customs office in Sonauli and four live bombs seized from the house of a bus driver here.

Bail denied

Aurangabad (PTI): The anticipatory bail plea of Rajendra Jaiswal, the main suspect in the murder of a businessman in Bharadi a week ago, was rejected on Saturday. Jaiswal has been accused of murdering Madhav Mahajan.

Gangrape case

New Delhi (PTI): Statement of the accused — Rahul, Amit, Mohan Lal and Ashok — in the gangrape of a Maulana Azad Medical College student will be recorded in a city court on November 28. Prime accused Rahul was arrested on November 22, 2002, a week after the incident.

4 die in accident

Bangalore (PTI): Four persons were killed and nine hurt in a head-on collision between a private bus and a lorry in Tumkur on Saturday.

Constable shot

Gopalganj (PTI): A Bihar Military Police jawan was arrested after he allegedly shot dead a fellow constable following a tiff on Saturday.


A panchaloha idol of Nataraja, thought to be the world’s tallest at 11 feet and weighing 2 tonnes, will be airlifted to Switzerland from Chennai on Sunday. Around 24 sculptors in Thanjavur district created it for the Nuclear Power Corporation in Geneva.

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