A newly married woman was allegedly strangled to death by her husband and in-laws with a cable wire in Noida’s Surajpur, police said, adding that the accused had demanded a Fortuner car as dowry from her family. Police arrested the three accused on Saturday.
The accused were identified as Nandkishore (52), his wife Seema (48) and their son Prince (23), residents of Biraundi village. The victim has been identified as Anju (22). The couple got married on February 27.
The incident took place on the night of March 23. After her death, the accused allegedly informed the woman’s family that she had died under suspicious circumstances, said police. However, the post-mortem report revealed that she was strangled, police added.
An officer said, “They were demanding a Fortuner car and Rs 10 lakh in dowry. The woman’s family gave them a Swift car but they were not happy with it and murdered the woman together. They were arrested from LG roundabout. All three have been sent to custody.”
Police said they have recovered the wire allegedly used in the crime.
Anju’s father, Chandrapal, a farmer, said Prince’s family did not raise any demands at the time of the wedding.
“It was only after two weeks that they made demands. Their land was acquired for the Jewar airport and they came into some money. They felt they were now rich and accused us of cheating them by not providing money according to their status. They tortured my daughter for this. I had asked them to wait to resolve the issue, but they did not listen,” he alleged.
He further alleged, “A day before they murdered my daughter, they took her to a mall and took photos to make us believe that everything was fine. At that time, she made a video call to me to show us that she was there with the family. Suddenly, the next morning, they called and said Anju had a heart attack. When I asked her husband where he was, he said he was studying in another room. He is pursuing BTech from a private institute.”
Chandrapal said Anju was his only daughter and was pursuing B.Ed. “Anju was my eldest child. I have four sons, one of them is physically challenged. Anju wanted to become a teacher… I gave her in-laws a Swift car, which cost around Rs 9 lakh. I spent around Rs 30 lakh on the wedding, but it did not satisfy them,” alleged the woman’s father.
A case has been registered against Anju’s husband and his parents under IPC sections 498A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 304B (dowry death) and sections 3 and 4 of the Dowry Prohibition Act.