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Man held for killing widow over failed love affair

The 30-year-old widow, Radha Pujari, was employed as a mid-day cook with the government primary school at Nithari village in Bharatpur

jaipur Updated: Jan 20, 2018 21:45 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Bharatpur
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The accused in police custody.(HT Photo)

Police on Saturday arrested a man for allegedly killing a widow over a failed love affair. The 30-year-old widow, Radha Pujari, was employed as a mid-day cook with the government primary school at Nithari village in Bharatpur.

She was cooking meal in the school kitchen on Friday when the accused, Buddhibhan Thakur, attacked her with a sharp-edged weapon, the police said. “The accused reached the school and demanded food from the victim. He attacked her with the sharp-edged weapon on her neck and head when had gone in the kitchen to get food for him,” said Khaleel Ahamad, the station house officer of Bayana police station.

After committing the crime, Thakur fled from the spot. The woman bled to death.

When the schoolchildren saw the woman bleeding in the kitchen, they started shouting inviting the attention of the authorities. Pujari’s three of the four children, aged between 5 and 10, who studied in the same school, reached home and told the family members about the murder.

Later, police arrested Thakur on the complaint of Pujari’s brother-in-law. The woman’s body was handed over to the family members in the evening after postmortem at the government hospital at Bayana.

During questioning, the accused told the police that he had developed illicit relations with woman after her husband’s death four years ago, but she had been ignoring him for some time. Thakur alleged that Pujari had left him for the school principal, Hakim Singh.

Thakur, who worked with a private firm in Jaipur, returned to the village on Friday and tried to contact Pujari on her phone, but she refused to meet him. He then went to the school two times to convince her to leave Singh, but when she refused, he decided to kill her, Thakur told the police.

However, the school principal rejected Thakur’s charges. Singh said that Pujari was working as a cook with the school since July 2017. “I was in my office (when the accused attacked the woman), but came out hearing students’ shouts and informed police,” he said. “I did not have affair with her and had never seen the accused earlier. He brought sharp weapon under his clothes and attacked her on the neck and head,” Singh said.

First Published: Jan 20, 2018 21:45 IST