Gurgaon police have arrested a 21-year-old man from Najafgarh in Delhi for allegedly killing his mother and sister a week ago on suspicion of prostitution. Two others were also held for aiding the suspect, Sumit, in the “honour-killing” crime.
The three were arrested by police during a routine check by the Palam Vihar crime unit near the Industrial Model Township (IMT) in Manesar on Sunday. Two country-made pistols and cartridges, apart from a Renault Kwid, were recovered from them.
The bullet-riddled bodies of the deceased – 40-year-old Sunita and her 15-year-old daughter – were found in a vacant plot of land near the IMT on September 19.
Sumit had been living with his mother and sister – a Class 9 student – at Prem Nagar in Najafgarh. “The suspect said he killed his mother and sister because he believed they were involved in prostitution. He felt he was being socially ostracised due to this,” said deputy commissioner of police (crime) Sumit Kuhar.
The suspect was allegedly aided by his friends – Dharambir (28) and Pradeep (18) – in committing the murders.
Dharambir’s father, Satya Narayan, a head constable with the Delhi police, reportedly helped solve the case.
During an interrogation, Sumit told police that Sunita was also responsible for poisoning his father, Jai Prakash, in 2000. However, there was no case lodged at the time to back his claim.
Kuhar said the trio took the two victims to Manesar in Dharambir’s car on the pretext of making a trip to Khatu Shyam temple in Sikar, Rajasthan, on September 18. Once there, they strangled Sunita and her daughter with a dupatta before shooting them. “It was a planned murder. The trio dumped the bodies in Manesar, thinking that police will not be able to trace them to Najafgarh,” he added.
The three were produced before a court on Monday, and placed in police custody for a day.