A dreaded criminal had gunned down alleged flesh trade racket kingpin Saira Khan and her 16-year-old daughter Soni, who were found dead in their Basant Vihar colony house in Madiaon on June 1.
The assailant had apprehended that since Saira had pushed his wife into flesh trade, she would do the same with his two daughters too. Subsequently, he hatched the murder conspiracy with the help of his close aide.
The city police on Tuesday arrested the dreaded criminal Shiv Om Tripathi and recovered a pistol used in the crime. Cops also recovered three gold ornaments of Saira Khan that Tripathi took along after murdering her. His close aide Aamir however is still at large and efforts are on for his arrest.
“Tripathi and his aide had gone to Saira’s house only to target Saira Khan but they also killed her daughter Soni as she had recognised them,” said senior superintendent of police (SSP), Rajesh Pandey. He said that Soni was on the second floor of the house, but she came down running after hearing the bullet sound and spotted Tripathi snatching jewellery from her mother’s body. Soni tried to escape but Tripathi chased her and gunned her down near the bathroom, he said.
The SSP said Tripathi revealed during the interrogation that he was annoyed with Saira as she had pushed his wife into the flesh trade and he also had spat with
his wife over this issue several times. He said Tripathi was now worried that Saira would also push his daughters into the same occupation, and so he wanted to eliminate her.
Pandey said Tripathi had a long criminal record and was sentenced seven years of imprisonment for the murder of his first wife Suman Singh in 2003. He said Tripathi is presently out of jail after getting bail from the high court. “He had murdered his first wife as she was opposing his second marriage. He took Suman for an outing after which she disappeared. Her body was never recovered,” he said.
The SSP said Tripathi’s involvement was also established in a murder and loot case in which he targetted a woman in Gomti Nagar in 2004. He said at least 15 more criminal cases of loot, arms act and gangster act are registered against him in the city.