A sub-inspector of the Uttar Pradesh Police was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the murder of a 25-year-old woman, who had filed a rape case against the police official's son a year ago.
Bachchu Singh, a resident of Ghaziabad in UP, had allegedly hired a contract killer for Rs 1.5 lakh to execute his plan. The woman was murdered in November last year and her body was disposed of in an irrigation canal in Aligarh, 336 km west of state capital Lucknow.
The contract killer, his journalist wife, Singh's son and a police constable have also been arrested. During interrogation, Amarpal, the hitman, admitted to killing the woman and accused the sub-inspector (SI) of hatching the plot.
The woman, who used to run a mobile store in Ghaziabad after parting ways with her husband, went missing on November 30, 2013. After two days, her family members filed an abduction case, which said the woman left home after receiving a call from Rashmi Chaudhary, a journalist who had promised her a job.
The police zeroed in on Chaudhary, a frequent visitor to the woman's house and believed to be Amarpal's wife. The couple is from the Aligarh area.
"The woman's younger brother had clicked her (Chaudhary's) photograph on a mobile phone (which helped the police in the chase)... The couple was arrested late on Monday night," a superintendent-level police official said.
"Our investigations have revealed the SI sought help from a police constable... Amarpal was roped in for Rs 1.5 lakh," the official added.
Chaudhary took the woman to Aligarh, where Amarpal and an aide strangled her, the police official said. "The body is yet to be recovered."
The woman, who was Singh's neighbour, had filed a case of rape in March 2013 against the police official's son Tarun, who was chargesheeted in the case and is out on bail.