A Muslim youth was shot dead, allegedly by the uncle of his Hindu girlfriend, in Muzaffarnagar district on Tuesday night, leading to communal tension in the
According to the police, the body of Mohd Nazim, 21, was found inside the girl’s house in Vehalna village, under Kotwali police station. At about 1:30 am on Wednesday, the girl’s father, Arvind Kumar, reportedly called up the police to inform that they had shot a thief.
“We rushed to the spot to find the body. What raised suspicion was the fact that the youth was in his undergarments. We interrogated all the family members individually,” said Muzaffarnagar SSP Deepak Kumar. “The girl, about 20 years old, then told us that she was in love with the youth, and her uncle, Pradeep, had killed him after finding the two together in her room,” he said.
While the girl’s family claimed Nazim had entered their house forcibly, the victim’s family said the girl’s brother had called him. Nazim’s father, Mohammad Nasir, told the police that he was not aware of the relationship between his son and the girl.
Nazim’s uncle, Wahid, claimed the girl’s cousin, Praveen, had called the victim to his house at around midnight on Tuesday to repair his truck. “Wahid told us that Praveen and Nazim had a heated exchange a few days ago over pending bills for vehicle repair. The boy’s family owns a vehicle repair shop while the girl’s family runs a transport business. Wahid said Praveen’s family owed them about Rs 50,000,” said SSP Kumar.
A murder case has been lodged against four persons, including Arvind Kumar, Pradeep, Praveen and his cousin Deepak. The girl’s father and one of her cousins have been arrested, while the others are still absconding.
Meanwhile, Nazim was cremated early on Wednesday to avoid clashes. Police sources said hundreds of villagers gathered after news of the death spread, but the situation was under control.
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