Baidhyanath Sahni, a former Bihar minister, has alleged that his daughter’s in-laws stoned her to death after repeated disputes over transfer of property and wealth.
But police say 35-year-old Sangeeta Devi’s post-mortem report died after being hit by a tractor.
Sahni, a former Janata Dal (United) leader who joined the BJP, lodged a case at the Manjhaul police station in Begusarai on Thursday.
The police have arrested three members of the in-law’s family after registering a case of murder against seven people accused of the crime. The two families are locked in a property dispute, the police said.
Devi was working in the garden at her in-law’s place when she was hit by a tractor, the police quoted eye witnesses as saying. Devi, who sustained grievous injuries, was taken to a local health facility, where she died.
“The post-mortem report suggests that the woman was killed due to the impact of a vehicle. Her brother-in-law, who was driving the tractor, is among the three arrested, along with her father-in-law,” said superintendent of police, Begusarai, RK Mishra.
The police said Devi’s brother-in-law was reversing the tractor when she was hit from behind. “We are trying to ascertain if the mishap was accidental or intentional. Police investigations are on,” the SP added.
Devi was married to Santosh, the son of Bilo Sahni, a resident of Begusarai in 2000. Santosh died last November after prolonged illness, leaving behind his wife and three sons.
The former animal husbandry minister alleged Devi’s in-laws used to force and torture her to transfer property and wealth in their name but she had refused.