A senior inspector from Thane registered a complaint against a doctor and his family at Kopri police station on Tuesday for demanding dowry. The complainant alleged that the accused demanded cash and a 1BHK flat in Mumbai to marry his daughter.
The woman, an IT engineer, got engaged to accused Niraj Suryawanshi on October 21 and the wedding was scheduled for January 11, 2017. However, it was later revealed that Niraj is already married and has a 11-year- old son. What flummoxed the complainant most was Niraj’s wife’s involvement in hatching the conspiracy.
“One of our relatives suggested that Niraj would be a perfect match for our daughter. So after a few meetings, we got them engaged. However, for the past few weeks, Niraj and his family had been demanding cash and a 1BHK in Mumbai. They even threatened to put the engagement pictures on social media, to defame us, if we refused to give in to their demands,” the complainant said.
To ensure that he had evidence to nail the accused, the complainant recoded his conversations with Niraj and his family and handed over the footage to the police.
An officer from Kopri police station said, “We have not arrested anyone, as the accused are from Varan village in Bhusawal. The complainant, a police officer, also said that he spent Rs1.50 lakh on the engagement.”
A case has been filed against Niraj, his wife, parents, sister, brother-in-law and two others under sections 420, 406, 409, 467, 468, 120, 386, and 427 of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961.