A day after 27-year-old Meenakshi Rana was gunned down in front of her four-year-old son in Rohini Sector 16, Delhi Police have arrested Sandeep Kumar, the brother of the first wife of Meenakshi's husband.
A resident of Ganaur in Sonepat, Kumar was held from Delhi's Bawana area where he was hiding at his relative's house, police said. A 7.65 bore sophisticated pistol and the Bajaj Discover motorcycle used in the crime were also recovered.
During interrogation, Kumar revealed that he wanted to take revenge from his brother-in-law Parminder, whom he held responsible for his only sister Ritu's sufferings. He had gone to Parminder's workplace on Tuesday morning, only to learn that he hadn't arrived there yet.
Tenjendra Luthra, joint commissioner of police (northern range), said, "Kumar changed his plan at the last moment and decided to kill Meenakshi. He followed Meenakshi from her house." "Finding an isolated spot outside District Park, he killed her," added Luthra.
Kumar's interrogation also revealed that Ritu and Parminder got married in 2004, but soon their marriage was plagued by several issues. "In 2006, Parminder married Meenakshi, without divorcing Ritu, who then filed cases of dowry and domestic violence against him. Parminder then started threatening her and Kumar," said a senior police officer.
"In 2010, Parminder convinced them to withdraw the cases on the promise that he will start living with Ritu again. The cases were withdrawn, but Parminder did not fulfill his promise. Kumar then decided to kill him," said the officer.
A senior investigating officer said the victim's son and the rickshaw-puller, who fled from the spot, were the key eyewitnesses. "Considering that the child is in a state of shock, we have decided not to question him. We picked up more than 100 rickshaw pullers from the area and questioned them. One rickshaw puller, Nanu, admitted to having witnessed the incident and gave us some clues," said the officer, adding that the child was being given proper counselling to overcome the horrific incident.