A 45-year-old man, a habitual drinker who used to suspect that his wife was having an extra-marital affair with his cousin, was arrested for allegedly murdering his senior citizen father for choosing to support the sanctity of his marriage instead of sharing his suspicion in Delhi's Nizamuddin area, police said on Tuesday.
According to police, the accused, identified as Jaswant, got into a heated argument with his father Himachal on June 3, before killing him in Nizamuddin and fleeing the scene.
"We received a call around 11.25pm on the same night, with the caller stating that an elderly man, identified as Himachal, a resident of Laxmipur in Uttar Pradesh, was lying dead in a pool of blood beside his rickety charpoy," said a senior police officer requesting anonymity.
Police said their investigations, based on questioning the local residents, led them to Jaswant's son Bittu who, police said, was asked by the accused to take care of his little sister while he was away. Bittu, said investigators, had been told that his grandfather had been "killed by someone".
Soon, information about the violent quarrel between Jaswant and Himachal was received from a guard posted in the area who claimed to have seen Jaswant near the murder spot on the fateful night.
"Jaswant had told the guard that he was going to his village and so, raids were conducted at the village from where it was learnt that the accused had visited his village but returned shortly after learning that his wife, Meena had returned to Delhi," the officer said.
It is at his native village that the police were also able to learn that Jaswant and his wife had a strained relationship. He was soon traced to the Old Delhi Railway Station on June 6 and was arrested.
"He confessed to the murder saying that his father supported his cousin over him and held Jaswant responsible for the whole issue," the officer said, adding, "The weapon of offence, a knife, and blood stained clothes were recovered."