Kishtwar: Police on Saturday said that it has cracked a blind murder case in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir and arrested three accused involved in the crime.
In a statement, police said that Kishtwar Police has solved a blind murder case of one Neetu Devi, wife of Lokesh Kumar, a resident of Horna Tehsil Mughal Maidan district Kishtwar.
The spokesman said: “On 11th July of this year an inquest proceedings U/Sec 174 CrPC into the suspicious death of one Neetu Devi was initiated vide DDR No 13 at Police Station Chatroo. The inquest proceeding was initiated when it came to know from the paternal side that the in-laws of the deceased lady were performing the last rites of the deceased without informing her parents.”
“Initially, the in-laws of the deceased lady stated that the deceased lady has committed suicide by hanging herself, but during the course of enquiry, some foul play into the matter was substantiated by the enquiry officer and accordingly the inquest proceedings were converted into FIR No. 51/2021 U/Sec. 302/IPC of Police Station Chatroo.”
Keeping in view the sensitivity of the case, SSP Kishtwar Shafqat Hussain Batt-JKPS constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) under the supervision of Addl SP Kishtwar Rajinder Singh-JKPS headed by Dheeraj Singh Katoch, Dy SP DAR, a supervisory officer of PS Chatroo along with SHO Police Station Chatroo Inspector Sandeep Parihar.
The SIT constituted collected evidence, lifted some suspects for questioning, and during the course of the investigation and sustained questioning of the suspects it was established that the deceased woman Neetu Devi was murdered by her husband namely Lokesh Kumar, son of Isher Dass, Gowash Lal (Brother-in-law) son of Duni Chand and Devki Devi (mother-in-law) by strangulating her with a dupatta and hands, he said.
Accordingly, on the basis of investigation viz-a-viz statement of witnesses and other evidence, the SIT established the role of Lokesh Kumar (husband of deceased), Gowash Lal, and Devki Devi (mother-in-law of deceased) behind the mysterious murder by strangulating the deceased woman. The accused persons after committing the heinous crime shifted the dead body of the deceased to a nearby Committee Hall and hanged it with a hook using Dupatta to pretend that the deceased has committed suicide, he said.
During the investigation, it came to the fore that the in-laws of the deceased woman wanted to get another marriage of Lokesh Kumar (husband of deceased) solemnized somewhere else for which they carried out such a heinous crime in a planned manner, the police said.
All the accused persons were taken into custody and presently are lodged in District Jail Kishtwar, the statement added.