BSP MP’s son arrested in Ghaziabad dowry-death case

  • Peeyush Khandelwal, Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad
  • Updated: Apr 07, 2016 18:06 IST
Family members of Himanshi Kashyap, (inset) , daughter-in-law of BSP Rajya Sabha member Narendra Kashyap, mourn her death. (PTI Photo)

The Ghaziabad police on Thursday arrested Sagar, son of Bahujan Samaj Party Rajya Sabha MP Narendra Kashyap, following the mysterious death of his 27-year-old daughter-in-law at their Sanjay Nagar residence on Wednesday morning.

Senior police officials said MP Narendra Kashyap and his wife Devendari Devi were also likely to be arrested soon under a dowry death case lodged against them and their family members. Meanwhile, Kashyap and his wife were admitted in the Intensive Care Unit of a Ghaziabad hospital following complaints of chest pain on Wednesday night.

Himanshi was found dead in the washroom adjacent to the first floor bedroom in her Sanjay Nagar residence. Police sources said her post mortem revealed death due to gun shot injury with marks of blackening and tattooing (due to gun powder) as a result of a bullet injury on her head.

“Following the arrest of his son, the MP and his wife will face immediate arrest as soon as they get discharged from the hospital. The police officials are deployed at the hospital and both are under observation. Himanshi’s post mortem was conducted late night and body was taken by her parents to Badaun,” said Salman Taj, superintendent of police (city) at Ghaziabad.

MP Narendra Kashyap, his wife and son Sagar, who is a medical doctor, are among six persons named by Himanshi’s family under an FIR lodged at Kavi Nagar police station. Police said that they have booked them under sections of 304B (dowry death), 498A (subjecting woman to cruelty by in-laws) and provisions of the Dowry Prohibition Act against six, including Narendra Kashyap and Dr Sagar.

“We have also taken up the finger print samples of Kashyap’s family members and will be sent for forensic examination to match with those on the weapon found from their residence. After the family members found Himanshi dead, they lifted the weapon and placed it elsewhere from the scene of crime. The weapon is a licensed revolver belonging to Dr Sagar but the family is yet to produce its license. Further, we have also seized and sent the weapon for ballistic examination,” a police source said.

“The hand wash (used for finding the gun powder traces over the hand after a weapon is fired) of Kashyap’s family members could not be taken as the police were informed late, nearly one and half hours, after the incident on Wednesday,” the source said.

Narendra Kashyap, an advocate before joining politics, was member of Uttar Pradesh legislative council (1998- 2010) and elected to Rajya Sabha in August, 2010. He is also a member of Committee on transport, tourism and culture and Member of Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.

Himanshi got married to the son of Kashyap’s friend and former UP minister Hiralal Kashyap, in November 2013 and have a one-and-a-half-year-old-son.

Following Himanshi’s death, her family arrived at Ghaziabad on Wednesday evening and her father levelled serious allegations of dowry harassment, domestic violence and demands of a Fortuner SUV on her in-laws.

“They have murdered my daughter and shot her ... she was beaten several times. If police don’t arrest her in-laws, i will take my family members and immolate before the Parliament...” Hiralal Kashyap said on Wednesday.

Both Narendra Kashyap and Hiralal Kashyap shared a dais at a function held on Maharishi Kashyap Jayanti at sector-23 Park at Sanjay Nagar on Tuesday. A day later, Himanshi, Hiralal’s only daughter, died at her in-laws house at Sanjay Nagar while her in-laws were present inside the house and did not hear gun shot being fired. Her husband was away for work at Meerut.

“After the function on Tuesday, I had met her and she was repeatedly asking me to take her along,” said Hiralal.

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