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Woman, live-in partner in east Delhi kill her son with bricks for objecting to alcohol, drug use

The woman, Subhadra Devi, and her 30-year-old partner, Ajeet Kumar Mishra, tried to pass off the murder as a road accident and even called an ambulance, police said.

delhi Updated: Jan 28, 2019 08:55 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Though the woman and her partner tried to pass off the murder of her son as a road accident, the ambulance staff and her relative sensed foul play and alerted the police. (iStock/ Representative Image)

A 51-year-old woman and her live-in partner allegedly thrashed her son to death with bricks and sticks at their east Delhi home on Sunday after he objected to their liquor and drug addiction, police said.

The woman, Subhadra Devi, and her 30-year-old partner, Ajeet Kumar Mishra, then tried to pass off the murder as a road accident and even called an ambulance, Jasmeet Singh, additional deputy commissioner of police (east), said.

But the ambulance staff as well as the woman’s son-in-law sensed foul play and alerted the police, leading to the arrests of the couple within hours of the killing.

The deceased was identified as Ravinder Pathak, a 30-year-old rickshaw-puller. He lived with his mother and her live-in partner, also a rickshaw-puller, in a rented room in New Ashok Nagar.

The couple also has a three-month-old son. “The woman had deserted her husband who lives at his native village in Basti district of Uttar Pradesh,” Singh said.

The officer said that the couple would frequently drink and do drugs, leaving Pathak “furious”. “In the early hours of Sunday, Pathak again objected to the couple’s drinking, but it was met with violence,” the officer said.

Devi and Mishra allegedly went on to beat her son with bricks and sticks until he died. “There was also a muffler lying at the crime spot. They may have also strangled him with the muffler,” said the officer.

After the killing, the suspects allegedly visited Noida, called an ambulance and cooked up a story about Pathak meeting a road accident, police said. But when the ambulance arrived in Noida, the staff was informed that the victim was in New Ashok Nagar.

“When the ambulance staff saw the crime scene and Pathak’s injuries, they realised that it was a murder case. They informed the police around 8.30am,” said the officer.

But the suspected killers managed to escape from the spot and reached north Delhi’s Azadpur where Devi’s daughter and son-in-law live. They again cooked up an entire story about Pathak’s accident and sought help.

“Devi’s son-in-law noticed a lot of blood on Mishra’s pants and realised he was lying. He convinced them to hop onto an auto-rickshaw and visit the crime scene. Mishra tried to jump out of the auto-rickshaw mid-way too, but Devi’s son-in-law ensured he couldn’t escape,” the officer said.

The duo landed right into police’s net after that. They have been booked for murder and later arrested.

Pathak was married, but his wife had deserted him, police said.

First Published: Jan 28, 2019 08:54 IST

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