Couple’s murder in Thane: Pregnant victim’s relative arrested from UP

Accused had faced harassment at hometown for ‘helping couple elope’

| Mumbai | Published: September 20, 2016 4:56 am
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The police on Monday arrested a 28-year-old man in connection with the murder of a couple, including a nine-month pregnant woman, at their Thane residence last Thursday. The accused is a relative of the woman.

A week after the decomposed bodies of Vijay Yadav and his wife, Priya alias Sufiya Mansoori, were found at their flat in Daighar village, just ahead of Mumbra, the Thane police claimed their investigations showed that Shafiq Mansoori, a native of the village of the deceased couple in Hardoi district of Uttar Pradesh, had allegedly murdered them.

Police said Mansoori, who was friends with Vijay and a distant relative of Priya, had faced the wrath of the people in their hometown, Palia, where he was seen as the person responsible for the inter-religion couple’s elopement. Thane police investigators claimed that frustrated by the harassment, Mansoori decided to take the extreme step.

DCP Parag Manere said Mansoori confessed to murdering the couple because of the trouble he had faced as a result of their marriage. “Since the couple came from different religions, both families were upset that the couple ran away and got married, in spite of them objecting to it. Since Mansoori was residing in Mumbai, and was known to both, the general feeling in their village, Palia, was that Mansoori was the one responsible for them marrying and settling in Thane. As a result, he had to face a lot of humiliation,” said Manere.

Joint Commissioner of Police Ashutosh Dumbhare said that on Monday night, Mansoori, who had been residing in Grant Road area where he worked as a mason for the past few years, had gone to visit the couple at their tenement at Daighar village, located off the old Mumbai Pune highway in Thane district.

“He went there with the intention of murdering the couple. He purchased alcohol and forced Yadav to drink much of it, while he himself drank little. After the couple slept off, Mansoori, who was carrying a knife, slit the throat of an inebriated Yadav. As Priya woke up, he attacked her throat with the knife. She evaded the first attack. However, later he stabbed her multiple times on the stomach, killing her and the unborn child,” Dumbare said.

By the time the bodies of the couple were discovered on Wednesday after a foul stench started emanating from the room, Mansoori had fled to his village, said police. Senior inspector Nitin Thakre, whose team solved the case, said that Yadav had also been facing litigation after the family of Priya, who had converted after marriage, alleged that Yadav kidnapped their daughter. Dumbhare said that the probe in the case, which “in a way is an honour kililng” was not complete and they were not ruling out the involvement of others.

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“As of now, this is the version of events given to us by Mansoori. We have recovered the chopper and his clothes which have blood marks. We are investigating to find if he is trying to protect someone by not naming them,” Dumbhare added.

An officer linked to the probe said that they were still probing if any member of the girl’s family, unhappy with the marriage, had a role to play in the murder. “Soon after the murders, when we went to question the girl’s family, they told us that for them their daughter was dead the day she ran away,” added an officer.

The Shil Daighar police had registered a case of murder on Thursday after the bodies of the couple were found. The couple had eloped and married in April last year after which they moved to Daighar. Yadav was employed at a unit in Navi Mumbai. Priya was awaiting the delivery of their first child and September 25 was given as the due date.

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