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Woman found charred to death; 34-year-old son held

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Ghastly crime committed allegedly in a fit of anger: "She did not do enough to get me married"

NEW DELHI: The Delhi police have arrested a young man who allegedly killed his 62-year-old mother on Sunday night and then set her body on fire in their house at Rohini here. The accused apparently felt that his mother had not done enough to get him married.

The police received a call from the colony around noon on Monday saying a man had killed his mother and set the body on fire in a house in Sector-15 of Rohini. A police team rushed to the spot and found the charred body of Kamla Devi lying on a bed. Her 34-year-old son, Sandeep, allegedly owned up the crime.

During interrogation, Sandeep purportedly told the police that he had an altercation with his mother late on Sunday night after which he bashed her up in a fit of rage. He then left the house.

He told the police that he returned home on Monday morning, covered the body with clothes, sprayed an inflammable chemical over the heap and set it afire. After some time, he purportedly told his neighbours that he had killed his mother. Subsequently the police were informed.

The police are yet to corroborate the testimony of the accused.

Sandeep, who worked as a medical representative with a bio-healthcare company at Patel Nagar in West Delhi, told the police that while two of his brothers are married and living separately, he was still single. He held his mother responsible for not doing enough to get him married.

Sandeep and his mother had shifted to their present rented accommodation about a couple of months ago. His father, who was an engineer, had died about 10 years ago.

The police said the accused was in a state of shock and not revealing much. They suspect that after the murder committed in a fit of rage he might have gone out on Sunday night to seek someone's help to dispose of the body, failing which he probably decided to go back and set it afire.

A case of murder and destruction of evidence has been registered at the Prashant Vihar police station and further investigations are under way.

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