The Thane police have arrested a Shafique Shamshuddin Mansoori, 28, for the murder of a couple from Uttar Pradesh (UP). The accused is the brother of the deceased pregnant woman Sufiya alias Priya.
According to police sources, this is a case of honour killing. Shafique, also from UP, had been planning the murder for over a month. He had bought the chopper from Mumbai with which he stabbed his sister and slit the throat of her husband Vijayshankar Jagmohan Yadav. Priya was nine months pregnant and was due to deliver her baby on September 25.
The couple’s bodies were discovered on Thursday when the neighbours complained of a stench from the couple’s house and called the police. The deceased Vijayshankar Jagmohan Yadav, 30, and his wife Sufiya alias Priya Abrar Mansoori,22, got married against the wishes of their families and had moved to Shildaighar area in Thane to live away from their families. They had taken a house on rent and had been living there for around six years.
Meanwhile, Shafique had been in constant touch with Priya over the phone and had also visited the couple twice in the last six months, said the police. He had called Priya to tell her that he would be coming over for Eid.
“Shafique came to Priya’s house on Monday around 4pm. The three of them went off to sleep after having food but Shafique woke up after sometime and slit Vijayshankar’s throat, stabbed and smothered Priya around midnight,” said an investigating officer. He also said that after the murders, Shafique returned to UP and resumed his normal life.
Shafique is also a childhood friend of Vijayshankar. According to his statement to the police, he was tired of his friends and relatives taunting him as his sister married and came away with a man who was not approved by the family. Speaking about the case, a police officer from Thane crime branch unit -1 said, “It is a case of honor killing because when we interrogated Shafique he told us that Vijay took a girl away from her family even when her family did not like him or approve of the match.” The officer added, “The accused also said that people in his village taunted him for being many in the village for Vijayshankar’s friend.”
Shafique will be produced in court on Tuesday.