Four people, including a former soldier with the Indian Army, were arrested for allegedly murdering a man— who married a woman from the same gotra—and raping his wife.
Shockingly, one of the accused who allegedly raped the woman is her cousin. Police said he had invited the girl and her husband to his Narela home for Diwali celebrations.
The police have arrested Daya Singh (50), Sandeep (23), Pawan (19) and the girl's cousin Inderjeet (19), all residents of Mahara Village in Haryana's Sonepat.
The arrests came after the young woman registered a complaint yesterday with police that her husband Virender Singh was beaten to death by Singh and the others in Narela in north Delhi. She alleged the men later tied a stone around Singh's corpse and it in a canal in Sonepat in Haryana, roughly 35 km from Delhi.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) Atul Katiyar said, “The reason behind the killing was the marriage. The family was not in favour as they belonged to the same gotra (extended clan).”
He added the couple fell in love when they were in school. Both wanted to get married, but their families not being in favour, allegedly fled from their village in 2006 and got married.
According to police, the girl's family registered a case of kidnapping against Virender Singh. He was arrested on the charge and sent to jail.
“When Virender was in jail, the girl was forcibly married to one Jaipal, who began abusing her after he came to know about her relationship with Virender. The girl came back as the abuse increased and started living with Virender in Samaipur Badli in Delhi. Later, they got married in Chandigarh,” added Katiyar.
On October 17, the couple had gone to Sandeep's house in Narela as Inderjeet—the girl's cousin—had invited them for Diwali celebrations.
“The victims didn’t know it was a plot laid by Daya Singh in connivance with Inderjeet and others to kill Virender," said Katiyar.
Sandeep and Inderjeet allegedly raped the girl. The police arrested the accused from different places in Haryana and have also found Virender's dead body. They have also impounded the Maruti Van used for dumping the dead body.