In a shocking case, a woman and her paramour allegedly murdered her four-year-old daughter after their plan to extort Rs. 5 lakh from her husband went awry.
Police cracked the case after a girl's body was recovered in Alamgir village. On investigation, they discovered the body was that of Manpreet Kaur, who had recently been kidnapped by her neighbour, Manoj Kumar, a labourer.
Police said on being arrested, Manoj revealed that he in connivance with his paramour Sunita, who is Manpreet's mother, killed the girl. Acting on Kumar's information, police arrested Sunita, who also confessed to her crime, the police claimed.
Giving details, additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP) City 1 Nilambari Jagdale said Manoj, hailing from Kishan Gunj of Bihar, had illicit relations with Sunita during his stay as a tenant at her house in Amarpura area.
When her husband, Gurpreet Singh, a chemicals' trader, came to know about their illicit relations, he evicted Manoj from their house. Gurpreet later sold the house for Rs. 15 lakh, and bought another one in Janakpuri area for `10 lakh.
The ADCP said Sunita cleared her intentions before Gurpreet that she wanted to leave him and spend her life with Manoj, and demanded Rs. 5 lakh from him. However, Gurpreet refused her demand.
“In a fit of pique, Sunita and Manoj hatched a conspiracy to kidnap her daughter Manpreet to extort money from Gurpreet. On November 23, Manoj kidnapped Manpreet from her house, and made a call to Gurpreet informing him that his daughter was him. Thereafter, Gurpreet approached the police and registered a case of kidnapping against Manoj,” the ADCP added.
“Meanwhile, the accused got alerted that police had initiated investigation into the kidnapping case, and decided to kill Manpreet. Manoj then took Manpreet to Alamgir and drowned her in a pond. He then dumped the body on a vacant plot, before fleeing,” she added.
The police recovered the body on Sunday after information from residents of Alamgir village, and later arrested Manoj, and Sunita, following his statement.
The ADCP said Sunita married Gurpreet around five years ago and they had one daughter Manpreet from the marriage. It was Sunita's fourth marriage after she divorced her previous husbands. She has a 14-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son from previous marriages.
Jagdale added that Sunita was aware of Gurpreet's affection for his daughter and therefore figured kidnapping Manpreet would be the easiest way to extort money from him.