The final phone call made by Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Rajya Sabha MP Narendra Kashyap’s daughter-in-law – who was found shot dead earlier this week – was to her husband, police revealed on Friday.
Sagar Kashyap, the MP’s son, told police that he had gone to Meerut for official work when 27-year-old Himanshi called him on his mobile phone. As he could not take it then, he called her back. But Himanshi simply told him that she loved him, and hung up.
Police confirmed that a call was made to Himanshi’s mobile phone around 10.53 am on Wednesday, a little before she was found dead with a bullet injury in the head. “Sagar said she spoke in a loving tone, and didn’t sound like her usual self. The arrested people (Himanshi’s in-laws) have not disclosed the motive behind the attack,” a police officer said.
Himanshi was rushed to the Yashoda Hospital in Ghaziabad by her in-laws around 12.15 pm, where she was declared dead on arrival. Later, her Badaun-based family lodged an FIR alleging dowry death against the MP – also the party’s national general secretary – and five family members at the Kavi Nagar police station.
Police said Himanshi was shot from a close range, probably a distance of one feet or less. “The post-mortem report indicates blackening and tattooing marks over the bullet injury, something that happens when shot from a close range. We are also checking photographs of the crime scene and call records of phones belonging to both Sagar and Himanshi,” said circle officer Manish Mishra, who is the investigating officer in the case.
“It’s too early to say if this was suicide. Nobody but the victim’s in-laws were present in the house at the time of the incident. No one heard the gun being fired, and her in-laws did not inform the police,” he added.
According to the post-mortem report, the bullet injury was located nearly 5.5 cm above the right ear. The bullet was fired from a licensed revolver belonging to her husband. While Himanshi’s body was found lying in a pool of blood inside the washroom, the weapon was located some distance away.
Police said the weapon was sent for ballistic examination, her viscera preserved, and slide samples taken for DNA testing.
The victim’s father – former BSP minister Hiralal Kashyap – has accused Himanshi’s in-laws of torturing her for dowry. Narendra, his wife Devendari Devi and Sagar were arrested and remanded in 14 days’ judicial custody soon after Himanshi’s family filed an FIR against them on Thursday.
Both Narendra and Devendari had admitted themselves to a hospital for chest pain on Wednesday night. However, they were taken into custody after an ECG test showed normal readings.
Meanwhile, lawyers of the Ghaziabad Bar Association went on a strike on Friday, and handed over a memorandum demanding a fair probe into Himanshi’s death to district authorities. “Our strike is to demand a fair investigation into the case to find out how Himanshi died. Both Narendra Kashyap and his son are members of our bar association. We want a fair investigation into the case,” said Rakesh Tyagi, president of the bar association.