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Family kills son-in-law to save ‘honour’, tries to forcefully take away pregnant daughter

The police have arrested five people so far, including the father-in-law, mother-in-law and brother-in-law of the victim.

jaipur Updated: May 24, 2017 20:05 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Rajasthan,Honour killing,In laws
Mukesh (right) and Bhagwani Devi, involved in the murder of Amit Nayar, in Jaipur on Wednesday. (Prabhakar Sharma /HT Photo)

Staring at countless cameras and media persons, 55-year-old Jeevan Ram looked unrepentant. “Meri bahut lambi kahaani hai (My story is a long one),” he said when asked why he planned the murder of his son-in-law, Amit Nayar.

His son Mukesh, another accused in the murder, was vocal. “My sister used to tie Rakhi on Amit. What kind of a person undermines such a relationship?” asked Mukesh before they were taken away by the police.

The Jaipur police arrested four people, including the father-in-law and mother-in-law of Nayar, who was shot dead at his home on May 17 in front of his pregnant wife. The fifth person, Nayar’s brother-in-law Mukesh, had been arrested last Friday.

The police said that after numerous attempts to separate their daughter, Mamta, from Nayar, the family decided to kill him. “For the last few months, the Nayar’s in-laws were planning his murder. We have arrested Nayar’s father-in-law Jeevan Ram, mother-in-law Bhagwani Devi. Another person, Bhagwana Ram, was instrumental in planning the crime, and has been arrested,” said commissioner of police Sanjay Agarwal.

Jeevan Ram was arrested from Haryana while Devi was nabbed from Sikar district, said Agarwal.

Amit Nayar’s father-in-law Jeevan Ram, who is accused of his murder. ( HT Photo )

The police have also arrested one Ravindra Shekhawat, a car thief, whom the family had earlier approached to murder Nayar but the plan had not gone through.

“We are searching for two others who were with them on the morning of the murder, including the person who fired the shot. Investigation suggests that they were seasoned mercenaries,” said Agarwal.

On the morning of May 17, 28-year-old Nayar was shot dead in front of his wife and in-laws by his father-in-law henchman.

Officials had said that after the murder, a struggle ensued and Mamta started screaming and didn’t go with her parents. Her father Jeevan Ram, mother and the others fled the spot in a car parked outside the house.

“Bhagwana Ram is a retired constable of the Rajasthan Armed Constabulary (RAC) and had aided the family in hiring the shooters and planning the attack on Nayar. We will be interrogating all of them to know more about the hired mercenaries,” said Agarwal.

First Published: May 24, 2017 20:04 IST