Two men beat their 49-year-old father to death and hung his body from a tree to make it look like suicide after they caught him molesting his daughters-in-law in Jharkhand’s Garhwa district.
Police arrested Rinku Paswan, 24, and Chhotu Paswan, 21, on Monday and said they confessed to killing their father Suraj Paswan.
On Sunday night, Rinku found an inebriated Suraj molesting the elder daughter-in-law while she was sleeping in her room and chased him away, warning him to not repeat the act, police said.
“On hearing my wife’s cry for help I rushed into the room and chased away my father. I forgave him as he was highly drunk,” the police quoted Rinku as saying.
But an hour later, Suraj reportedly returned and started molesting Chhotu’s wife, police said. This made the brothers lose their cool and they thrashed him, hanging his body on a mango tree to cover up the crime.
“We thrashed him to teach him a lesson but unfortunately he succumbed to his injuries. There was no intent to kill him,” Rinku was quoted as saying by the police.
The hanging body almost fooled the police but further investigation led to the brothers’ confessing to their crime, sources said.
“The two sons have been arrested for killing and hanging their father when he attempted to molest their wives in a drunken state. With their confession, the murder mystery has been solved,” Garhwa superintendent of police Priyadarshi Alok said.
The family lives in Amola Tola of Buka village under the Bhawanathpur police station in Garhwa district.
Police inquiry revealed Suraj had made habit of molesting his daughter-in-laws in the absence of his sons, who often migrated to other states after monsoon for work.
The drought-prone Palamu region is infamous for large-scale exodus of villagers to other states in search of employment leaving behind only women, children and old family members besides cattle at homes.