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Couple killed over land compensation,children held: Police

An elderly couple,who hoped to get Rs 2 crore in compensation for land acquired by the UP government in Greater Noida,were murdered early Wednesday and cremated with hours.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | Noida |
September 23, 2011 1:26:51 am

An elderly couple,who hoped to get Rs 2 crore in compensation for land acquired by the UP government in Greater Noida,were murdered early Wednesday and cremated with hours. Police suspect that they were killed over claims to the compensation money. Two of the couple’s three children,including a daughter who is married,have been arrested. A case of murder and destruction of evidence has been registered.

Nahar Singh (67) and his wife Rajbiri Singh (63) who lived in Parsaul — the village has been at the centre of an agitation against acquisition of land by the state — were poisoned,police said.

Nahar Singh’s brother Sahab Singh,who filed a complaint with police,said trouble had been brewing in the family over the compensation money. “My brother had already received Rs 18 lakh in compensation for a plot of land he owned on the Yamuna Expressway. This was distributed between the three children. Each of them got Rs 6 lakh.”

Police said Nahar Singh hoped to get another Rs 2 crore in compensation for a second plot that was acquired in Greater Noida. “The children,especially the daughter,were not sure whether they would be given any of that money,” a police officer said.

Neighbours told police that the couple had asked the daughter to return part of the money they had given her but she refused. “This raised suspicion in the mind of the children that they would receive no part of the compensation money for the Greater Noida land,” the officer said.

Police said the children cremated the bodies of the couple without informing the rest of the family or the village. Gautam Budh Nagar Senior Superintendent of Police Jyoti Narayan said: “It seems they disposed the bodies to dispose evidence.”

Police said the remains have been sent for forensic tests. The elder of the two sons is a farmer in Parsaul while the other works in the Central Reserve Police Force. The daughter is married and lives in Bulandshahr district. She had come to Parsaul to visit the family. SSP Narayan said the elder son and daughter are in police custody.

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