The daughter-in-law of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Rajya Sabha member Narendra Kashyap was found dead at her residence in Ghaziabad early Wednesday morning. With a gunshot injury on her temple, and a licensed revolver being discovered, police registered a case of dowry death on the basis of a complaint filed by the victim’s family.
According to the police, information about a woman with a gunshot injury being brought dead to a local hospital was received in the afternoon. “The information came from the hospital. The family of the victim did not inform the police about this,” said Salmantaj Patil, SP City, Ghaziabad.
The victim, Himanshi Kashyap, 25, married the BSP MP’s son, Sagar, in 2013 . The couple has a one-year-old son. “The incident took place around 10.30 am. We are not sure about the exact timing because we were not informed by the family of the victim. The post-mortem report will be out later tonight or tomorrow morning,” added Patil.
Late Wednesday evening, the police registered an FIR under IPC section 304B (dowry death) at Ghaziabad’s Kavi Nagar police station. In a complaint to the police, the victim’s uncle alleged that a demand for a Fortuner car as dowry was made by her in-laws. “The family has said that the in-laws used to beat her up and say that the Fortuner car was not given to them. They also said that they would assure her that things would become better since they were planning to sell a plot of land so that they could buy the car. The victim had been distressed and went to her family since she was being harassed by her in-laws. This happened in March,” said a senior police officer.
At the suspected time of the incident, the victim’s in-laws, including the BSP MP, were at their residence in Sanjay Nagar colony of Ghaziabad’s Sector 23 area. “They claimed that they went looking for her. They found the bathroom door locked. According to them, they broke open the door and found her lying in a pool of blood. They claimed that the victim had used a revolver and shot herself. A licensed revolver has been recovered. It had been kept aside by the family,” said Patil.
“They claim that they did not hear any gunshot. There are many missing links in this case. We are speaking to her family, which has come to Ghaziabad from Badaun. We will get details of the nature of relationship between the victim and her husband as well as her in-laws. We have to hear what the parents of the victim have to say,” said Patil.