Asha Tyagi, 32, seems to have some angels looking after her. That’s one way to explain how she escaped the clutches of death.
The other way to explain it is that the three men who had been hired to kill her didn’t do the job properly. All said and done, Asha is alive.
Her husband, Naresh Tyagi, 39, who hatched the plot to get Asha killed, isn’t.
Naresh committed suicide on Thursday morning with a .315 bore country-made pistol after Asha, who was supposed to be dead, turned up at their home, police said.
Unable to hide his extra-marital affair with another woman, Naresh had plotted to kill Asha, who is four-months into her second pregnancy, Niwari Station Officer K.K. Rana said on Thursday. Asha already has a two-year-old son.
The drama began last week, when Naresh, who ran a farm business in Modi Nagar, hired three contract killers to murder Asha.
“On February 22, Asha was taken in a Maruti van to Haridwar. Enroute, the three men drugged her cold drink with some poisonous substance. When she fell unconscious, the men strangulated her with a rope and dumped her body into the jungles around Muzaffarnagar,” SSP Raghuvir Lal told Hindustan Times.
But Asha and her unborn child survived.
Drugged, Asha lay in the jungle through the night. Near morning, by which time the effects of the drug had started wearing off, she gathered enough courage and reached the nearest police officials.
“The police helped her reach her home in Niwari, Modi Nagar, on February 23,” SSP Raghuvir Lal said.
At home, Asha narrated the entire sequence of events to her relatives who held a ‘Panchayat on March 2.
The ‘panchayat’ ordered the four accused to pay a penalty of Rs 80,000, the police said.
“After the Panchayat’s order, a clash broke out between the relatives and the accused, during which the Maruti-van used to commit the crime was set on fire,” the SSP said.
On Wednesday, the police managed to arrest two contract-killers—Ravi Giri (I) and Ravi Giri (II). The third contract killer, Manoj Tyagi, is still absconding.
Unable to face his wife and fearing police action, Asha’s husband Naresh Tyagi, committed suicide on Thursday morning.
After the conspiracy was un-earthed, the killers also applied pressure in the name of a UP Government minister, to get themselves released, SSP Raghuvir Lal said.
A case has been registered under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 120 B (criminal conspiracy) and 328 (causing hurt by means of poison) against the accused, police officials said.