Putting a knife to his daughter’s throat, a man threatened his wife and asked her to reveal her alleged lover’s name. When she refused, he slit the 13-month-old daughter’s throat and attacked his wife.
The 27-year-old man was arrested from his home in northwest Delhi’s Azadpur near Adarsh Nagar in the early hours of Wednesday.
The toddler died on the spot and her mother, who suffered multiple injuries, is battling for life at Babu Jagjivan Ram Hospital, the police said.
After attacking his wife Sushiliya, and killing his daughter Sakshi, the accused, Krishna Kumar, called the police control room and confessed to the crime.
He surrendered before the police team that visited the crime scene.
Kumar, who works as an electrician, was reportedly under the influence of alcohol when he committed the crime.
Vijay Singh, deputy commissioner of police (Northwest), said that the couple had a love marriage two-and-a-half years ago. Kumar is a native of Chhapra in Bihar and his wife belongs to Assam.
“The crime came to our notice at 2.20 am when Kumar called the police control room and informed us that he had killed his daughter. We reached the crime scene and found his wife and daughter in a pool of blood. They were rushed to a nearby hospital where the child was pronounced dead on admission,” said Singh.
“We registered a case of murder and attempt to murder and arrested Kumar,” he said.
In her statement, Sushiliya told the police that her husband suspected her of cheating on him.
The issue had become a reason for frequent arguments. They often argued over Kumar’s suspicion that Sushiliya was having an affair with somebody in the locality. Sushiliya alleged that Kumar often used to keep her and Sakshi locked in their house to torture her.
On Tuesday night, Kumar returned home in an inebriated condition and entered into an argument with his wife over the same topic. Suddenly, he picked up a knife and attacked Sushiliya. Hearing her screams, their daughter woke up and started crying, said a police officer.
“Kumar then kept the knife at his daughter’s throat and threatened to kill her. He asked his wife to reveal her boyfriend’s name and she refused. Before Sushiliya could react, Kumar slit Sakshi’s throat,” the officer said adding they recovered the knife from the crime scene.