The young man showed little remorse and less guilt. Neither did the other two, all arrested on Thursday for the alleged triple honour killings in Delhi. They had been in hiding since June 20.
He and his two friends are accused of murdering the sister and brother-in-law of one and the sister of another, in an apparent attempt to ‘save’ the honour of their families.
<b1>Ghaziabad police arrested Ankit Chaudhury (22), Mandeep Nagar (23), and Nakul Khari (21) in a Hyundai I10 car on Thursday from NH 24 during a routine check. They are the prime suspects in the murders of Ankit’s sister and brother-in-law – Kuldeep (26) and Monica Singh (24) -- and Mandeep’s sister, Shobha (20). On June 20, after allegedly committing the murders, the trio fled in this car borrowed from a villager.
All of them belong to the Wazirpur area of northwest Delhi and were arrested near their ancestral village in Ghaziabad, 75 km east from the capital, police said.
The accused reportedly blamed the victims for bringing dishonour to the family by marrying out of caste.
Monica, a Gujjar, had married Kuldeep, a Rajput four years ago. Shobha had briefly married her Muslim boyfriend but returned home. She had also helped her youngest sister Khusboo elope on May 25.
Ghaziabad SSP Raghubir Lal said the accused confessed to the murders and said they were tired of “mudslinging by the villagers” after their sisters eloped.
“The accused said they felt humiliated by the taunts of the villagers after their sisters had eloped,” a police officer involved in the arrest told media.
However, when asked by reporters about the motive behind the murders Ankit said they had not committed any crime.
“Humne koi murder nahin kiya. Hum to ghoomne gaye the phir newspapers mein hamaari photo aane lagi. To Hum dar gaye or underground ho gaye (We did not kill anyone. When our pictures were published in newspapers we got scared and went underground),” an aggressive Ankit told reporters.
Police said on June 20, the three men first shot dead Shobha, locked her body in a Santro car and left it to rot near the Ashok Vihar police station. Kuldeep was shot twice in his head next and his body was recovered from his Maruti Esteem car near his Wazirpur village home. The trio then shot Kuldeep’s wife Monica’s thrice in head at the couple’s home, police said.