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Jealous cousin kills eunuch for property

Three men, one of whom was envious of his eunuch cousin's affluence and wanted to wrest control of the victim's property and business, were arrested for allegedly executing two murders, police said on Monday.

delhi Updated: Jul 09, 2012 22:55 IST
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Three men, one of whom was envious of his eunuch cousin's affluence and wanted to wrest control of the victim's property and business, were arrested for allegedly executing two murders, police said on Monday.

The victims - Ranjita, the head of a eunuch 'dera' based in north Delhi's Manju Ka Tila, and Sharmila - had been murdered in a span of just 10 days across two separate locations in northern India, said Chhaya Sharma, DCP (south).

"Ranjita's dera has territorial control over eunuchs in Delhi, Rajasthan's Sri Ganganagar and Punjab's Hoshiarpur. While her body was recovered from Sriganganagar on April 28, the body of Sharmila was found burnt in Muradnagar on May 8," said DCP Sharma.

According to police, they stumbled upon the mystery of the twin murders while enquiring into the death of an auto rickshaw driver in south Delhi's Mehrauli. Those arrested have been identified as Laxman, 36, Ranjita's cousin, and his associates Satish and Paras.

Police claimed the conspiracy had been hatched by Laxman, who had been working in Ranjita's dera for 14 years.

Laxman had gradually been able to draw his co-workers, Satish and Paras, into the conspiracy to first gain control over the interstate business before getting their hands on Ranjita's property.

"During interrogation, we came to know that Ranjita paid just Laxman R300 for his daily expenses and 'used' him to acquire several properties and wealth in parts of Delhi and Rajasthan. The money invested in these had been acquired by fellow eunuchs who worked for Ranjita's dera," DCP Sharma said.

The trio had strangled Ranjita and then transported her body to Sri Ganganagar where they burnt it, police said.

The next morning, according to police, the accused had declared that the dera's 'guru' had been eliminated and anyone daring to challenge their supremacy would meet the same fate.

"Sharmila, who was a close confidante of Ranjita, went against this diktat and was subsequently battered to death with sticks by Laxman, Satish and Paras. Her body was then packed in a suitcase, thrown on a highway near Muradnagar and finally burnt," Sharma added.