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Possessed by passion: Teenage girl wipes out own family for love

A mass murder by a 16-year-old schoolgirl of her father,mother and brother,prodded by an illicit love affair,has rocked Porbandar.

Written by Express News Service | Rajkot |
March 25, 2009 3:16:01 am

‘Mass suicide’ turns out to be massacre; three members killed,1 survives the killing spree of 16-year-old

A mass murder by a 16-year-old schoolgirl of her father,mother and brother,prodded by an illicit love affair,has rocked Porbandar. On Tuesday,the Porbandar police finally solved the case after the girl and her married paramour confessed to the crime. Initially,it had appeared as a case of mass suicide.

Porbandar SP Dipankar Trivedi said in a press conference on Tuesday that Local Crime Branch Constable Karshan Suva (40),his wife Sambhi (35) and son Mukesh (8) were killed by his daughter with the help of her married boyfriend Haja Mer (27) on March 1. The duo had also tried to kill her second brother,Rajdeep (14),who,however,survived.

The police said the girl grew up seeing bitter fights between her parents over her father’s illicit relationships,and concluded that she cannot be with Mer as long as her family was alive. She also wanted to see Mer’s two children and wife dead.

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It took the police almost a month to crack the case. On Tuesday,the two were arrested on charges of murder and criminal conspiracy.

The three bodies were found on March 1 at different places and in different conditions. Karshan was found dead with a bullet wound in the head at his residence in Porbandar. The service revolver was found in his hand. The bodies of Sambhi and Mukesh were recovered from the outskirts of Barkhala village.

Preliminary investigations had said that the mother and the two sons had consumed poison. The girl said she found her father dead in his room on the morning of March 1; Rajdeep told the police that their mother had taken them to Barkhala and forced them to consume poison. He,however,survived and escaped with the help of an autorickshaw driver and reached Porbandar in the morning of March 1. The police said that only the last part of Rajdeep’s statement—that he had a miraculous escape—was true.

They said Rajdeep was threatened by his sister. Injury marks around the neck of Sambhi and Mukesh and the ever changing statements of the girl and Rajdeep made them suspicious of the girl,they said.

Cellphone details further revealed that the girl and Mer,who runs a van service to ferry school children in Porbandar,were constantly in touch. The police also learnt that the girl,who used to go to school in Mer’s van,had become romantically involved with him.

The police said the girl and Mer had been plotting to murder her family for over six months,and finally got the chance on February 28. That evening,the girl took her mother and two brothers to the outskirts of Barkhala in Mer’s car on the pretext to see a godman. They parked the car at a secluded place and the couple allegedly took all three of them one by one behind cacti bushes.

According to the police,Sambhi was called first and asked to lie down on the ground and close her eyes. She was strangulated and made to swallow poison. The same modus operandi was applied on Mukesh and Rajdeep,but the latter survived the ordeal.

The Porbandar police said the girl pretended ignorance when her father asked the whereabouts of the rest of the family upon her return. Karshan,who was reportedly an alcoholic,drank the whole night until early morning. Around 6 am,the girl took out his service revolver and shot him dead.

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