If the police are to be believed, after killing his daughter in cold blood, 53-year-old Edward stood stone-faced and refused to identify her body.
For more than 15 hours, the bodies of his 22-year-old daughter Bimal and her 25-year-old friend Hari Lal lay at a New Friends Colony park with no one to claim them.
According to the police, Edward, a construction worker, and his friend Ruben Joseph (58) allegedly strangled Bimal and Lal to death on June 9.
Edward was furious to see them together at an under-construction site where Joseph worked as a security guard. Edward was apparently against the relationship between the two, as Lal was a Hindu and married.
After the murder, the duo removed all traces of identification from the bodies and dumped them at a park in B-Block, New Friends Colony.
The bodies were found on Saturday morning.
"We did door-to-door verification, but the father refused to identify her body. He was present nearby. It was with the help of a SIM card we recovered from Lal's wallet that we were able to identify the bodies. The SIM was not in use and had only Rs 1.5 as balance. We dialled the toll free 100 and managed to detect the number," a senior police officer said. Once they found out the service provider, they got the details from the provider, he said.
The police identified Bimal through her two brothers, after reaching them through Bimal’s employer.
"When we confronted the father again, he said his daughter and friend had committed suicide as he was against their relationship. He said he and his friend disposed of body in a nearby park out of fear. They even removed all traces of identification," said the officer.
According to the police, two months ago, Bimal had arranged a meeting of her family and Lal, as the two wanted to marry. "Lal even offered Rs 3 lakh for the wedding. At this point, Edward did not know Lal was already married. When he found out later, it infuriated him. On Friday night when he saw them together, he killed them at the spur of moment," said Virendra Singh Chail, Additional Comm-issioner of Police (southeast).