A team of Haryana Police special task force carried out a raid after inputs that Sanjeev Kumar was hiding in Meerut.
A team of Haryana Police special task force carried out a raid after inputs that Sanjeev Kumar was hiding in Meerut.

Haryana ex-MLA Relu Ram Punia’s son-in-law held in Meerut two years after jumping parole

Former legislator’s daughter Sonia and her husband Sanjeev Kumar were sentenced to death for killing Punia and seven other members of his family in 2001 at their farmhouse at Litani village in Hisar while they were asleep
By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON FEB 02, 2021 12:13 PM IST

Former Haryana legislator Relu Ram Punia’s son-in-law Sanjeev Kumar, who was serving life sentence in prison for killing the politician and seven others but jumped parole two years ago, was arrested on Monday, police said.

Sanjeev, who was out on parole in May 2018, never returned and had been absconding ever since, police said.

They said Sanjeev was arrested by a team of Haryana Police special task force from Meerut in Uttar Pradesh.

In June 2018, police had filed a case on the complaint of the Kurukshetra jail deputy superintendent.

Inspector Nirmal Singh said in Yamunanagar on Monday that the STF team carried out a raid after inputs that he was hiding in Meerut.

Earlier, police said that Sanjeev was on a two-week parole from Kurukshetra jail and was to report back on May 31, 2018.

The convict had given his address as Changnouli village in Bilaspur area of Yamunanagar, police said.

However, Sanjeev neither reached the address nor returned to Kurukshetra jail after which a case was registered against him.

Relu Ram Punia’s daughter, Sonia, and her husband, Sanjeev Kumar, were sentenced to death for killing the former MLA and seven other members of his family in 2001 at their farmhouse at Litani village in Hisar while they were asleep.

Their death sentence was later commuted to life.

Punia had been elected to the state assembly in 1996 from Barwala constituency in Hisar district.

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