Woman hires killers to bump off son in Greater Noida, 5 held

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY - Shafaque.Alam@ times­group.com

Greater Noida: In a crime which has left even the po­lice shocked, a 45-year old woman al­legedly gave con­tract to get rid of her 22-year-old son who had been objecting to her il­le­git­i­mate re­la­tion­ship with a self-styled baba. Cops said on Fri­day they have ar­rested Suresh Devi, her lover Kan­haiya, her son-in-law Amit Ku­mar and two con­tract killers for the mur­der of Ashul in Dadri’s Luharli vil­lage last month.

Ashul was found dead un­der mys­te­ri­ous cir­cum­stances near Kot Canal in Dadri on the night of June 18. Some lo­cal peo­ple spot­ted the body and in­formed po­lice. A sub­se­quent au­topsy re­vealed he had been stran­gled. Though it was ini­tially a blind case, cops grew sus­pi­cious over the fam­ily mem­bers’ lack of in­ter­est in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. And upon sus­tained in­ter­ro­ga­tion, Suresh Devi broke down and con­fessed to hav­ing hired the con­tract killers for Rs 35,000 to elim­i­nate her son.

Her part­ners in the crime were 70-year-old Kan­haiya and her son-in-law who had hatched the plot and roped in three con­tract killers — Sachin (25), Satyan­dra (28) and Amit (26) — from his na­tive Raipur Ban­gar vil­lage, cops said.

Nis­hank Sharma, cir­cle of­fi­cer of Dadri, said Ashul lived with his par­ents — Suresh Devi and Satish Ku­mar — and a younger brother, Di­pashu (12), in Luharli vil­lage. Ashul’s el­der sis­ter is mar­ried to Amit Ku­mar. “The woman told us that she met Kan­haiya from the neigh­bour­ing Deri Machcha vil­lage four years ago. The baba used to fre­quent their house on the pre­text of per­form­ing rit­u­als and stayed overnight. Once Ashul caught his mother in a com­pro­mis­ing po­si­tion with Kan­haiya,” an­other po­lice of­fi­cer said.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, Ashul of­ten had fights with his mother over her il­licit re­la­tion­ship with Kan­haiya. “Fed up with her son’s be­hav­iour, the woman con­sulted Kan­haiya and de­cided to kill Ashul. The woman in­formed her son-in-law who hatched the plot and hired the three killers,” he added. On that fate­ful night, Amit had asked Ashul to ac­com­pany him on a bike to buy a wash­ing ma­chine, but in­stead dropped him at a de­serted location where the three hired goons were wait­ing. “The crim­i­nals be­friended Ashul and then of­fered him soft drinks laced with seda­tives. When he lost his con­scious­ness, the three stran­gled him to death and fled,” Sharma said.

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