March 31, 2010 9:44:07 am
An 18-year-old girl was stabbed to death on Wednesday when she refused to let her neighbours draw water from a tap in her home in a poor locality in Indore.
In his early 20s,Hukam Gaud was so angered by Punam Yadavs refusal that he stabbed her five times outside her home in Bakshibaug locality. The teenager was rushed to a government hospital where she was declared dead on arrival.
Disputes over water are not uncommon in the commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh but not so early in the summer. Last year,Indore,Dewas and Bhopal had witnessed crimes over drinking water.
The two families had quarrelled in similar circumstances a few days ago when the Gaud family asked the Yadavs not to draw water from their tap.
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Hukum,his brother and an aunt had a fight around 7 am on Wednesday when Punam did not entertain their request. Hukam rushed home,about 50 meter away from Yadavs place,and returned with a knife.
Sub-inspector Ratnakar Hingwe of Sadar Bazar Police Station told The Indian Express that the accused was arrested when he was trying to flee to Vadodara in neighbouring Gujarat.
Hukam has a criminal background and was an accused in a case registered last year. Hingwe said Gauds family members had fled.
After his arrest,Hukam told reporters that he loved the victim but was angry with her because she had spurned him. He claimed she was having an affair with someone else. However,the police maintained that water dispute was the reason behind the murder. Hingwe said the victim’s family members as also other neighbours,who were eyewitness to the crime,maintained that the dispute was over drinking water.
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