File photo of victim Shalini Yadav and her husband Anu alias Monu
Surat: Crime branch sleuths on Wednesday cracked the mysterious death of 21-year-old woman and found that she was killed by her husband Anuj alias Monu with help of another person.
Anuj tried fabricate a story that his wife Shalini died in a road accident and the intention was to claim Rs 63 lakh insurance money.
Anuj and his aide Mohammad Naeem alias Pappu Usman Ismail, 46, were for the murder of Shalini. They first strangled her with hand. After she fell unconscious, they kept her body on the service road near Raghuvir Celeum and crushed her head under a truck’s rear wheel at around 5.30 am on January 8.
They hired a truck from Pal area claiming that they need it to supply sand and used it to kill Shalini.
Later in the day, Anuj lodged a complaint of accidental death and claimed that he did not know which vehicle knocked down Shalini since he was walking a few steps ahead.
He told police that he just found her body lying on road and she was dead.
Anuj runs a transport business while his father Sohansinh runs security service agency. In the past, Ismail had worked as a security guard in Sohansinh’s agency.
After arrest, Anuj told police that a year ago he was thrashed by Shalini’s father Dhaniram Yadav and other relatives in their native village and they had threatened him with a gun. This worsened the already soured relations between the couple, said police.
Dhaniram, a resident of Jafarpur village in Uttar Pradesh, had demanded a thorough investigation in an application submitted to city police commissioner Ajay Tomar on Monday. He alleged that his daughter was killed by Anuj, his father Sohansinh, sister Puja alias Niru, and other relatives Gopal Yadav, Gangaram Yadav. In his application, Dhaniram alleged that Shalini was being harassed for dowry since the marriage in 2017.
Dhaniram also alleged in his application that Anuj and his family purchased life insurance policy of Shalini of Rs 63 lakh recently and they killed her to claim the money. “Not only marital dispute but insurance money is one of the reasons. Further investigation will reveal more details,” said police.
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