The family of Himanshi Kashyap has accused her father-in-law and Bahujan Samaj Party Rajya Sabha MP Narendra Kashyap of “dowry harassment and murder”. Himanshi was found dead with a gunshot wound at her Ghaziabad residence on Wednesday morning.
The mystery surrounding her death has pitted two friends -- MP Kashyap and Himanshi’s father Hiralal Kashyap, who is a BSP leader from Badaun district -- against each other.
“She was frequently beaten up by her in-laws. On Tuesday, I met her during a function and she pleaded with me to take her back with me. She also asked me to arrange for a Toyota Fortuner. I told her to wait for a month as my property business is slow. She had an injury mark on her face on Tuesday. Even today, she had a bluish-black injury over her eye,” Hiralal Kashyap said.
“She was being harassed since the early days of her marriage. She had come to meet me on March 25 and repeatedly told me that she wants to return home. She was murdered for dowry,” he said.
Himanshi’s family has forwarded a police complaint to Kavi Nagar police station in Ghaziabad, accusing her in-laws, including MP Narendra Kashyap, of dowry harassment and murder.
Narendra Kashyap has denied all allegations and said the incident has tarnished his political and family life.
The MP claimed that someone was instigating Himanshi’s family, adding that BSP chief Mayawati also called him and sought information about the incident.
“Her father and I were together at a function on Tuesday. Had there been any sort of dispute or hatred between the two families, we would not have been together. I called him while Himanshi was taken to hospital. We had cordial relations as I had recommended him to Behanji (Mayawati) for the post of vice-chairman UP Avas Vikas in the previous government,” he claimed.
“We did not call the police as we were in a hurry to rush Himanshi to hospital. Thereafter, we called up several police officers. We took the revolver from the scene of crime to the bedroom. I had also got her admitted to a law college recently as she was good in studies. In fact, it was we who selected Himanshi for our son. We did not take any dowry. I’m ready even for a CBI probe,” Narendra Kashyap said.