Honour killing: Accused buried niece twice at two places

Chandimandir SHO Arvind says ‘the accused has confessed to his crime’.

Written by Express News Service | Panchkula | Published: October 25, 2013 2:12 am

In the honour killing case of a 15-year-old girl whose body was recovered on Wednesday,her paternal uncle has told the police he killed her to save the “respect” of the family. Moreover,he buried her twice at two separate places.

“The accused has confessed to his crime during the course of interrogation. He said that the girl was allegedly having an affair with a boy from her hometown,” said Arvind,station house officer of Chandimandir Police Station.

According to the police,Salim first buried his niece Tahira’s body in the orchards of one Varinder Bhau,former Zila Parishad president. Salim was a caretaker at Bhau’s farms at Khangsera village. Fearing that Bhau might suspect his crime,Salim later shifted Tahira’ body to an abandoned ground beside a river stream near Alipur village.

During interrogation,it was revealed that after Salim shifted the body from Bhau’s farm,he lit the pit where the body was buried in order to eradicate any foul smell which could have led to suspicion.

According to the police,the body was buried around a month ago. The post-mortem report states that Tahira had died due to suffocation,and injury marks were found on her nose and her forehead as well.

Tahira,originally from Muzzafarnagar,Uttar Pradesh,was sent to stay with her uncle Salim by her parents Shaukin and Wahida following a love affair. When the parents could not contact their daughter for the past few days,they came to Khangesra. On being questioned by them,Salim said that he had killed his niece and identified the place of burial for the police. The police are also suspecting the involvement of his 15-year-old son and some others in the crime.

Salim has been booked under Sections 302,201,120 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code.

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