Boy killed for loving upper-caste girl
Dwaipayan Ghosh, TNN, Apr 4, 2010, 04.53am IST
NEW DELHI: Just days after a Karnal court in Haryana sentenced five
men to death for their role in an honour killing, the central district
police claimed to have apprehended a 17-year-old minor and his two
friends, allegedly for plotting and murdering a 20-year-old Dalit
youth who reportedly ''proposed'' to the former's 15-year-old sister.
''The boy came all the way from Haryana, where his family had sent him
after he fell in bad company, after news reached him that Bunty
proposed to his younger sister, a Class 10 student of open school, in
full public view,'' said Jaspal Singh, DCP (central).
According to the police, Bunty was lured to a spot near Jakhira Bridge
on March 25 where, helped by Arun alias Behari (22) and a 14-year-old
boy, the brother of the girl killed him.
DCP Singh said on March 28, Bunty's father, Kalu Ram, a resident of
Nehru Nagar in central Delhi, lodged a missing report at the Anand
Parbat police station. Kalu, a plumber, said his son was missing for
the past three days and he feared that he had been murdered.
''Even as the police was conducting its investigation, residents near
Zakhira Bridge complained of a foul smell coming from the water body.
When the police reached the spot, they found a decomposed body inside
a 25-feet deep water tank near the bridge,'' said ACP (Patel Nagar)
Anita Roy. ''The victim was identified as Bunty. He had been brutally
murdered and his face was crushed with heavy stones in a bid to hide
The police said the probe revealed Bunty was in love with his
upper-caste neighbour in Anand Parbat. Though he had approached her on
several occasions, she rejected his advances, saying she was yet to
pass her class 10 exams. A senior police officer said recently Bunty
proposed to her at a busy marketplace after which he was threatened by
the girl's family.
''When we questioned the girl's family, we found several
contradictions in their statements,'' said chief investigating officer
Padam Singh. The police claimed they also received a tip-off that the
brother of the girl could be involved in Bunty's murder.
Working on leads, the police apprehended three of the accused from
central Delhi on Saturday. The police said on March 25, the accused
met Bunty near Daya Basti railway tracks around 10.30pm and assaulted
him with a razor and punched his face. ''They then threw him in the
empty water tank near Zakhira Bridge. But when the victim managed to
hang by the sides of the tank, they thrashed him and hit his knuckles
to make him loosen his grip,'' said DCP Singh.
Once Bunty had fallen into the pit, the accused allegedly went down
and strangled him with a shirt. ''We have recovered bloodstained
sticks and handkerchief from the accused,'' said Roy.
The police said the girl's brother is a school dropout. His parents
sent him to his maternal uncle's house in Haryana about a year ago.
The police said they were investigating the role of other family
members in the incident. ''We have conclusive evidence that the
brother of the girl spoke to his mother on cell when he was with the
boy who was killed on March 25. The boy's father, a small-time TSR
transporter, will be questioned too,'' said DCP Singh.
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