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Rohtak gangrape-murder: Victim’s brother found murdered in Sonepat

The police said Amit (24) was most likely strangulated to death.

india Updated: Aug 03, 2017 11:51 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Rohtak
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A police team investigating the spot in Sonepat where the man was killed on Wednesday. (HT Photo)

The elder brother of a 20-year-old woman who was brutally gang-raped and murdered in Rohtak in May this year was found dead in his friend’s house in Sikka Colony locality of Sonepat on Wednesday.

The police have booked three of his friends Krishna, Leelu and Rohit for his murder. The three are staying in the house on rent. Investigation officer Krishan said they were all addicts and prima facie it appeared that they murdered him in an inebriated condition following some argument. The three are on the run.

The police said Amit (24) was most likely strangulated to death, though the exact reason behind his death will be ascertained only after post-mortem examination. He was recently booked for raping a widow of his colony, from whom he also allegedly stole some gold jewellery. He was not arrested in the case as the investigation was going on. The victim’s family has accused some men of their village who allegedly stole Rs 85,000 from Amit. However, the police said they were yet to find the reason behind the murder.

Sonepat superintendent of police (SP) Ashwin Shenvi said they will form a special team to investigate the murder.

The family, however, has accused the police of not giving them adequate security despite the brutal incident with their daughter. “They killed my daughter and now my son as well. The police did not do anything to save them,” said Amit’s mother. The family said they had left their residence at Sonepat’s Kalupur village after the murder of their daughter and had shifted to Panipat district.

The police, however, said they were given security. “It would be wrong to say that adequate security was not given. They were living in Panipat, while the body of Amit has been found from his friend’s house in Sonepat,” Shenvi said. He said the deceased was not a witness in the gangrape and murder case of his sister.

The man’s sister was brutally raped and murdered, triggering national outrage over women’s safety in Haryana as the incident was compared with the fatal December 2012 gang-rape of a paramedical student in New Delhi.

Her decomposed and mutilated body was found at a secluded place in the Rohtak industrial area, where dogs were tearing out the flesh, two days after she was abducted from Sonepat.

Police had arrested two men — her suspected jilted lover and his friend — after the family’s complaint. DNA test reports held the duo guilty. The incident was so gruesome that chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced trial in a fast-track court.

First Published: Aug 03, 2017 11:51 IST