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Bhiwani ‘honour killing’ is now suicide

The alleged “honour killing” of Anup Kumar,a 17-year-old youth in Bhiwani in January,has taken a startling twist — the investigating agency is now terming it to be a case of “suicide”.

Written by Varinder Bhatia | Chandigarh |
April 13, 2011 4:13:27 am

Poison found in viscera; polygraph tests give clean chit to suspects

The alleged “honour killing” of Anup Kumar,a 17-year-old youth in Bhiwani in January,has taken a startling twist — the investigating agency is now terming it to be a case of “suicide”.

Last week,AICC General Secretary B K Hariprasad — looking after the affairs of Congress in Haryana — had written to Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and MLA from Tosham constituency in Bhiwani,Kiran Choudhary,to ensure justice to the victim’s family.

Anup Kumar,a Brahmin and a student of non-medical (+2) of Government High School,was found dead at a secluded place in the district’s Jui village. He was reported missing from his home in Haluvas village since January 10. Based on a complaint lodged by Anup’s family,the Haryana Police had registered a kidnapping case on January 24. Anup’s decomposed body was found on January 26 in Jui village.

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“Prima facie it appeared as if it was a case of murder. So,we added murder charges in the FIR and started investigation,” said Inspector Om Prakash,Station House Officer of Bhiwani Sadar police station.

Considering the sensitivity of the case,the postmortem examination was conducted by the board of doctors at PGIMER in Rohtak and the viscera was sent for chemical examination. When Anup’s family accused the Biwani police of biased investigation,the case was transferred to Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) in Bhiwani.

The CIA,too,could not substantiate the murder theory,following which,the probe was handed over to a Special Investigation Team,which also could not conclude its investigation. Finally,the state’s Crime Branch was handed over the investigation. A DOG was entrusted with the task to personally monitor the probe.

The Crime Branch has now concluded that Anup was not murdered but had committed suicide. “The viscera,which was sent for chemical examination had shown traces of poison. The injury marks on the body of the deceased were not fatal. The body parts,which appeared chopped off,were eaten by rodents or other when it was decaying in the jungle area. As a result of these facts,we sought the opinion of the forensic experts from AIIMS in New Delhi. The head of the department of Forensic and Toxicology has concluded that it appears to be a case of suicide,” said DIG P S Ahlawat of Haryana Crime Branch.

The Crime Branch’s probe has also unearthed that Anup had failed in two exams and was pulled up by his father Pawan Kumar on the night he left home. “On the intervening night of January 10 and 11,Anup spoke to a girl from the same village on the cellphone. She was a Rajput. The girl’s brother caught them talking and scolded Anup. He threatened Anup that he will tell his parents about the incident in the morning. A series of calls were exchanged between the two on the same night before Anup left home. This made Anup’s relatives to suspect that the girl’s family must have killed Anup. But there is no evidence to support it,” said a senior officer.

\”Anup’s family had named certain members of the girl’s family as suspects. We even got polygraph tests done of the girl,her brothers,cousin and other family members — the results were negative. So far,they appear clean and the murder theory is yet to be substantiated. But the investigation is still on. We are taking no chances and still questioning people. But evidence shows it is a case of suicide,” Ahlawat said.

Meanwhile,Anup’s family refused to believe that he had committed suicide. “We are not aware if Anup flunked in his exams. There is a lot of political pressure on the police,for which they are not investigating the case properly. Anup’s killers are still at large. We have given names to the police,but still nobody has been arrested. Anup was murdered and could not have committed suicide,” said Anup’s brother Ashok Kumar.

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