In a gruesome incident, a girl student of intermediate was killed by her family members in the name of honour in the wee hours of Sunday at Sarhanchia village under Aurai police station, some 55 kilometers north-south from district headquarter.
The incident came into light only when the police arrested the father and grandfather of the victim, Pooja (17) late on Sunday evening, when they were trying to cremate the dead body of the victim. The police officials came into action following a complaint lodged with Aurai police station by Pooja’s brother, Vibhor Kumar.
According to the information, Mukesh Singh and Barayan, Poojas father and grandfather respectively, subjected her to beating with bamboo sticks and iron rods killing her. Pooja was a student of intermediate of arts at Vishnudeo Narayan Singh College at Narma under the same police station.
Confirming the incident, Rajesh Kumar, senior superintendent of police (SSP) of Muzaffarpur said, prima facie it was a matter of honour killing. “The girl, Pooja was murdered by her father and grandfather as they suspected her of having an illicit relation with her tutor,” he said, adding “Mukesh was earlier a cab driver at Mumbai and had returned to Sarhanchia late on Saturday night,”
He said, both her father and grandfather have confessed to their crime. “Mukesh revealed, that he had come to his ancestral house only after getting a call from his father over phone about the suspected relationship of his daughter and the tutor hailing from Shahbazpur under Ahiapur police station of the town,” said the SSP.
SSP Kumar added, that the grandfather of Pooja took her to Sarhanchia near a month ago after getting suspecting her of an affair. “But, Pooja used to talk to her tutor over phone. Once, her tutor reached Sarhanchia and tried to meet her, but failed. This had annoyed Narayan, who informed her father, who reached Sarhanchia and lynched her ,” he said.
In the meantime, the news of Pooja’s murder reached her brother, Vibhor, who lives in a rented house at Ahiapur. He lodged a written complaint against his father and grandfather with the Aurai police station.
Vibhor said in his complaint that Pooja always used to protest her father and grandfather for taking liquor. “Annoyed over the interference, his father and grandfather killed her sister in a planned way,” read the complaint.