Delhi caste killings: Accused`s pistol recovered

Making a headway in the Ashok Vihar caste killing case, Delhi Police have recovered from Rishikesh the pistol allegedly used by three youths to kill three of their relatives for marrying outside their caste.

New Delhi: Making a headway in the Ashok
Vihar caste killing case, Delhi Police have recovered from
Rishikesh the pistol allegedly used by three youths to kill
three of their relatives for marrying outside their caste.

A team of city police recovered the .32 bore pistol
from Rishikesh where they had taken the accused -- Ankit,
Mandeep and Nakul -- for further investigation in the case.
The trio were arrested from Ghaziabad on June 24.

"We have recovered the pistol from river Ganga. The
accused told us that they have thrown the pistol in the river.
We searched the location with the help of locals. The water
was shallow and we recovered it," Deputy Commissioner of
Police (North-West) N S Bundela said.

The pistol will be sent for forensic examination, he
said.

The accused had told police that they had thrown the
pistol in the river after killing Ankit`s sister Monica and
her husband Kuldeep for marrying outside the community. Later,
they allegedly killed Shobha, Mandeep`s sister, who had
earlier eloped with a person outside her community.

They carried out the murders on a single day -- June
20. First they allegedly killed Shobha after asking her to
meet them. Then they called Kuldeep to meet them and killed
him. Later his wife Monica was murdered at her home.

After the murders, the three escaped to Uttarakhand.
Investigators have collected evidence through which
they are reconstructing the chain of events, a senior police
official said.

They have also taken the fingerprints of the accused
to match them with those lifted from the house of Monica as
well as that in Shobha`s car.

Police is also examining the phone records to
establish the movement of the three accused before and after
the murders.

During interrogation, the official said, the trio had
confessed to killing their sisters and a brother-in-law as
they had "sullied" the family name.

The youths said that the villagers had insulted them
by pointing out that their sisters had married outside the
caste and they could not take the humiliation, the official
said.

PTI

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