TWO DAYS after his wife was shot dead in Gurgaon, police have sent gangster Ashok Rathi to four days’ police remand for questioning. Rathi, who was arrested two years ago, is serving a life term in Bhondsi Jail.
“He has been sent to police remand for four days on the basis of clues that we found during investigation,” said Shamsher Singh, Station House Officer (SHO) of Bhondsi police station.
According to police, the incident took place near Gurgaon’s Alipur village around 8 am Friday when Sushma Rathi (32) was walking to her bike after putting her six-year-old daughter on the school bus.
“Some men came in a Santro and shot her in the head and chest,” said Additional Commissioner of Police Hawa Singh, PRO of Gurgaon police.
Soon after the incident, a burnt Santro car was found in Dhatir village — almost 20 km away from the spot of the shooting.
Sushma and Rathi had been married for almost 10 years, said police. Her family, however, was not in favour of their marriage.
“They both hailed from Alipur. The village prohibited marriage between them due to social norms,” said a Gurgaon police spokesperson.
Their marriage led to friction between Sushma’s parents and Rathi, following which he killed her mother and brother, said Subhash Boken, Gurgaon police PRO.
Three months ago, Sushma had lodged a complaint with Gurgaon police alleging that her husband had called her up from prison and threatened to kill her.
“We will know more after the matter has been investigated,” said the officer.
Rathi has over 25 cases of murder, attempted murder, loot and extortion filed against him, said police.