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Now sister of ‘honour killing' suspect found murdered

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- Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

MURDER MYSTERY:Policemen removing Shobha's body from a Santro car at Ashok Vihar in Delhi on Tuesday.

NEW DELHI: In a shocking twist to the brutal “honour killing” of a young married couple at Ashok Vihar here in the Capital this past Sunday, the sister of a suspect was found murdered in a car parked in the same area on Tuesday. The victim had been missing for the past two days.

The third murder came to light around 7 a.m. when some locals in H Block of Ashok Vihar-I spotted an abandoned black Santro car in the area. Since a foul smell was emanating from the vehicle, they tried to peep in but could not see through the tinted glass windows. They then informed the police.

The police were looking for the same vehicle for the past two days in connection with the mysterious murders of Monika and her husband Kuldeep Rajput. Police teams rushed to the spot to gather evidence, including fingerprints, from inside the car. The forensic team found the semi-decomposed body of a young woman in the vehicle. An empty bullet case was found inside, suggesting that the victim had been shot.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-West Delhi) N. S. Bundela said the woman was identified as Shobha, a resident of Wazirpur village. While her brother Mandeep is a suspect in the murders, her identification was done with the help of her other brother Sandeep. The car in which the body was found belongs to Rahul, who also lives in Wazirpur village and is a relative of Kuldeep.

During questioning, Rahul purportedly told the police that Mandeep had borrowed the car from him. Mandeep's father, who runs a grocery shop, said he had taken Shobha along with him on Sunday evening on the pretext of locating her elder sister Khushboo, who had recently eloped and married a man named Ravi from another caste. “They are safe, at an undisclosed location. We have asked them to contact us in case they need protection,” said Mr. Bundela.

The police suspect involvement of Monika's elder brother Ankit and his friends Mandeep and Nikku in the murders. More persons could be involved in the conspiracy. While Monika was found murdered in her rented accommodation at Ashok Vihar, her husband was shot dead in his car in the same locality. Investigations purportedly have revealed that recently Shobha had also eloped with one Raja, who belonged to another religion, to look for a break in the modelling profession. But she returned home later.

Police suspect that her elopement and that of her elder sister infuriated her brother and he along with Ankit conspired to eliminate her and the others as they had chosen men out of their caste. However, Mr. Bundela said the exact reason behind the murders would be clear only when the suspects are caught and interrogated.

The police said they are trying to trace the second vehicle (DL 8CS 3600) the accused had borrowed from another friend.

Investigations so far have revealed that Ankit was previously involved in a case of causing hurt. He along with his relatives had allegedly beaten up Rahul suspecting him to have played a role in latter's marriage with Monika in 2006. After the court marriage, the couple had sought police protection apprehending a backlash. However, the two families later seemed to have reconciled.

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