The suspected honour killing of a 17-year-old Brahmin girl and her 24-year-old Kshatriya lover in Madhya Pradesh’s Satna district took a new turn on Tuesday.
A day after the deceased man Bhupat Singh Tomar’s family lodged a case of murder against five members of Chetna Gautam’s family, the slain girl’s kin filed a counter case against four members of Bhupat’s family, prompting police to also probe the murder-cum-suicide angle in the crime.
Bhupat was found shot in the chest from a close range near Chetna’s house in Pavaiya village on Monday afternoon, while the girl was found critically injured with bullet wound in the abdomen at the same spot. She succumbed to her injuries later at a hospital.
On the basis of a complaint by Bhupat’s family on Monday, police booked five members of Chetna’s family. His family alleged that Chetna’s family, including her army man brother Rakesh, had killed the two over their love affair. Preliminary police investigation also suggested that Chetna’s family shot dead the young couple after failing to dissuade Bhupat from meeting her.
Four members of boy’s family booked for murder
On Tuesday, however, the girl’s family alleged that it was Bhupat and his family who killed their daughter. “A case of murder has been lodged against four members of Bhupat’s family under Section 302 of IPC,” additional SP Satna Rameshwar Yadav told HT.
No arrests have been made yet in the two deaths. But, with the girl’s family raising suspicion against Bhupat, Kotar police have started investigating the possibility of him having first killed Chetna and later shot self suspecting her relationship with someone else.
Police had recovered an empty .315 bore cartridge from the spot which indicated that the duo was killed with a country-made pistol. No firearm, however, has been recovered till now.
Police were initially suspecting that as Chetna was a Brahmin and Bhupat was a Kshatriya, it could be a case of honour killing.
There is long-standing hostility between both the two upper castes in Satna district.