Sapphire killing: Couple forwarded to jail, minors to probation homes

  • Bedanti Saran, Hindustan Times, Ranchi
  • Updated: Feb 12, 2016 14:40 IST
Police officials escort Sapphire International School teacher Nazia Hussain (left) and her husband Arif Ansari and their son. The three were produced in a Ranchi court on Thursday after being accused of killing Vinay Kumar Mahto, a student at the school. (HT photo)

The Ranchi police on Thursday produced a Class 11 student of city-based Sapphire International School, his parents and sister before two different courts for the alleged murder of Vinay Kumar Mahto, a 12-year-old boy of the same school on February 5.

Police arrested the boy’s mother, Nazia Hussain, a Hindi teacher with the school and father Arif Ansari, a mathematics teacher with Ranchi’s Taurian World School for destroying evidences and detained his sister on Wednesday.

Police said the boy killed Mahato as he had a crush on his sister.

Judicial magistrate Chandra Bhanu Kumar remanded the teacher couple to 14-day judicial custody and forwarded them to the Birsa Munda Central Jail in the city.

The boy, 16, and his sister, 11, were produced before the court of judicial magistrate Md. Fahim Kirmani, who ordered the authorities to shift the minor accused to the Boys Observation Home and Women Probation Home in Namkum respectively.

The court asked brother-sister duo if they wished to engage their own lawyer to contest the case or wanted the court to appoint one The minors said they would engage a lawyer.

The minor girl asked the judge why she could not stay with his brother and meet their parents.

The judge said separate provisions are made for boys and girls but they can speak with their relatives over phone installed at the probation home.

The judge told the girl that she could meet her parents only after they were released from jail.

Police said the deceased used to like the couple’s daughter and had been dating her for the past couple of months, but this did not go down well with her 16-year-old brother.

On February 4, the girl’s brother invited Mahato to join him and his sister for a party between 12 am and 1 am at their residence in the teachers’ hostel.

Police said, accepting the invitation, Mahato slipped out of his hostel and reached Nazia’s residence. The brother began questioning him about his relations with his sister and started punching him. When deceased tried to escape, the brother grabbed him by his neck and repeatedly bashed his head against the wall, which is when he fell unconscious. The boy’s mother helped her son throw Mahato from the first floor balcony.

The boy then called up his father, who lives in the Taurian school campus in Tupudana. The father reportedly advised them to destroy all the evidence. They wiped the blood stains on the floor and removed other evidence that could lead the police to them.

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