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Woman strangled to death

A 44-year-old beautician was found strangled at her residence in the Ashram area on Thursday morning. According to police, Minakshi Sharma’s assailant was Anil Kumar (30) who her husband Gopal (46) had brought up as their son for more than a decade.

delhi Updated: Jul 30, 2010 00:00 IST
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A 44-year-old beautician was found strangled at her residence in the Ashram area on Thursday morning.

According to police, Minakshi Sharma’s assailant was Anil Kumar (30) who her husband Gopal (46) had brought up as their son for more than a decade.

“When he was 15, Anil, a resident of south Delhi’s Bharat Nagar, had moved in with the Sharmas on the pretext of learning wrestling from Gopal. Nearly 15 years later, Minakshi’s continued resistance to his plans to take over the family’s property was frustrating him, so he got rid of her,” Virender Singh Chahal, additional CP (southeast) said.

Gopal used to treat Anil as a son. Gopal also owns several shops adjacent to his Hari Nagar residence. In 2001, much to Minakshi’s chagrin, he had decided to legally adopt Anil.

“Minakshi had tried to reason with Gopal when he said he wanted to adopt Anil and give him a share of his property. She told him that their son Shivang was the rightful heir, but Gopal didn’t listen,” Chahal said.

This strained the couple’s relationship.

“Didi (Minakshi) had decided to open a beauty parlour to become independent. Meanwhile, Anil managed to get Gopalji to write off one of his properties in his cousin’s name,” said Gayatri Sharma (30), Minakshi’s sister-in-law.

On Monday, the couple employed a nine-year-old boy as a domestic help.

“Anil made the boy enter Minakshi’s room through a ventilation shaft around 4 am. Acting on Anil’s instruction, the boy unlocked the room from inside. Anil then went in, and used a fastening string from one of Minakshi’s salwars to strangle her,” the officer said.

Police said both Anil and the boy were under their custody.

“We have arrested Anil and the child has been detained as per the provisions of the juvenile act. There might be more than meets the eye in this case; more members of Anil’s family are under the scanner,” Chahal added.