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Woman, brother-in-law held for killing husband in Ghaziabad

A 32-year-old woman along with her brother-in-law was arrested for allegedly getting her husband murdered on Sunday.

noida Updated: Jun 29, 2016 23:31 IST
Peyush Khandelwal
Peyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
The accused in police custody. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

A 32-year-old woman along with her brother-in-law was arrested for allegedly getting her husband murdered on Sunday.

The victim has been identified as Dheeraj Chaudhary (37). Dheeraj was killed when unidentified men fired indiscriminately at his office at Sadarpur. Dheeraj died after taking five bullets while his father Jagveer was injured in the attack.

According to the police, the plan included Dheeraj wife Priti, her brother-in-law Varun (30), a money lender Jaideep Sirohi and his accomplice Monu. Varun and Jaideep planned to murder Dheeraj and Priti supported them.

Jaideep used to work for the UP police but took voluntary retirement and started the money lending business.

“Dheeraj had borrowed Rs 1.5 crore from Jaideep at an interest of 3%. He further loaned out the money to other persons at 8% interest. But when Jaideep asked Dheeraj to return, Dheeraj could not return it as his debtors did not return him. This soured the relationship between Jaideep and Dheeraj. Jaideep knew that Dheeraj’s wife Priti had developed a relationship with Varun, so he roped him and promised equal share in Dheeraj’s property,” said Salmantaj Patil, superintendent of police (SP).

“Priti and Varun developed relationship while Dheeraj was in jail in a case for eight months. Also, Varun, who used to stay at Dheeraj’s house earlier, was angry with him as Dheeraj had promised to give him `6 lakh for his sister’s marriage, but backed off at the last moment,” the SP said.

As per the plan, in June, Priti convinced Dheeraj to prepare a video on his mobile phone in which he said that his five debtors should be held responsible if any untoward incident happens with him. The video is with the police.

The police said Varun, Jaideep and Monu planned to kill Dheeraj on June 22 but they backed off at the last moment.

“They gunned down Dheeraj in the second attempt on June 26. But our investigation went haywire when we saw Dheeraj’s video. When we questioned the persons named in the video, we learnt that they were not involved in the murder. When we checked Priti’s call record and information about her relationship with Varun, we got suspicious. Both were questioned and they broke down,” the SP said.

Priti and Varun were arrested on Wednesday, while Jaideep and Monu are on the run.

First Published: Jun 29, 2016 23:31 IST