In a disturbing development, a 26-year-old woman languishing in the district jail on murder charges, throttled her four-day-old female infant to death on Monday evening.
The accused identified as Jyoti Rani has been in judicial custody since January 10 on charges of killing her one-year-old daughter Khushi to death on January 9.
District jail superintendent, Daya Nand said they got information about the incident around 8 pm on Monday from other inmates. “The baby was perhaps crying for milk, but she suddenly stopped around 6 pm. Other inmates took it casually, therefore we only came to know that the baby was killed two hours later,” said an official at the district jail.
Jyoti was arrested on the complaint of her mother-in-law Nirmal Devi after she confessed before her that she had killed her daughter. The post-mortem report revealed that the girl was suffocated to death. At the time of incident, the accused was pregnant and gave birth to her second daughter on January 29. After being discharged from the hospital, she, along with her child, was shifted to women cell, police said. The accused had married Naveen Kumar of Rukhi village of the district in 2010.
Jail sources said Jyoti did not display any abnormal behaviour inside the jail and kept herself busy by reading newspapers.
Naveen refused to have knowledge of any abnormal behaviour of his wife. A fresh case of murder was registered at the Shivaji Colony police station. The police said they were preparing to take the woman on production warrant from district jail for interrogating the motive behind the murders.