The Gaya police Wednesday claimed to have cracked the mysterious murder of five girls of one family here on the night of December 4-5 with the arrest of the father of two of the girls. According to them,35-year-old Bipin Kumar Singh carried out the murders to pin the blame on two villagers with whom he had a land dispute. Reportedly,the future wedding expenses of his daughters also weighed on his mind.
Police said Singh planned out the murders in detail,ensuring that the girls were the only ones at home when the attack happened at the joint family home in Sonas,under the Khijarsarai police station. The girls between the ages of seven and 15 were shot at point blank range. His own daughters were 15 and seven. Now the only surviving daughter among the three brothers is Shashis daughter Priyanka,who got married last year.
Gaya Senior Superintendent of Police Nishant Kumar Tiwari said circumstantial evidence as well as statements of Bipins brothers Shashi Bhushan and Bharat Bhushan Singh,who lost one and two daughters respectively in the attack,led them to him.
A graduate,Bipin runs a coaching centre in Khijarsarai town and also doubles up as a money lender. He had recently purchased 43 decimals of land from one Shambhu Singh. This put him in conflict with Navin Singh and Anant Singh,who reportedly eyed the same plot and with whom he had another long pending land row.
Their father,Pavitra Narain Singh,is a retired Indian Army personnel,and the family lives on the produce from their 10 bigha land,his Rs 10,000 monthly pension,and the income from Bipins coaching classes. Another brother,a private vehicle driver,earned barely Rs 300 per day. All girls studied in a village government school.
Police believe Bipin kept the brothers in the dark,getting the family away from the house by telling them that the family faced a threat from Navin Singh and Anant Singh and hence all the elders and the male children shouldnt sleep at home. The girls could be left behind,Bipin argued,as nobody would attack them.
The SP said: As per the plan,Bipin took his wife and sisters-in-law to a relatives residence in Gaya,went back to the village and made his two brothers sleep in village schools and his two sons and four nephews at a neighbours house. He made the last call to his eldest brother at 11 that night. He might have drugged the five girls before killing them one by one.
Bipin allegedly left home about 2 am,soon after the incident,and returned the next morning with the rest of the family. The murder weapon has not been recovered so far,and a police team is searching a nearby pond for it.
Bharat refused to talk about the attack,saying there was no use. He admitted that Bipin was not with them on the night of the attack.
A neighbour said: It is possible Bipin carried out the murders to settle old scores with his enemies and to eliminate girls. But it is hard to believe a person could kill his own daughters and a family could not see through his real motive.