Delhi honour killings: Photos of accused trio released

Police Wednesday released photographs of the three suspects in the northwest Delhi honour killing case and announced cash rewards for information regarding the trio.

Last Updated: Jun 23, 2010, 20:29 PM IST

New Delhi: Police Wednesday released
photographs of the three suspects in the northwest Delhi
honour killing case and announced cash rewards for information
regarding the trio even as family members of the inter-caste
couple and their relative justified their murders, saying
"these will send a message to the community".

Cash rewards of Rs 50,000 each were announced by the
northwest Delhi Police for anyone providing information
about Mandeep (23), Ankit (22) and Nakul (21).

"It will take some time in getting the post-mortem
report. But, prima facie it appears that the both incidents
(murder of Monica, 24, and her husband Kuldeep, 26, and also
of the girls` 22-year-old cousin Shobha) took place on June 20
evening itself," DCP (northwest) N S Bundella said.

He said whoever was involved in the two murders will
be arrested soon, adding, "I cannot say more than this."

Although, family members of Mandeep did not accept his
involvement in the killings, they justified the murders
saying, "it will send a message to the community."

Talking to reporters here, Mandeep`s uncle Dharmaveer
Nagar said, "No this (killing) is not at all wrong. What is
wrong in it? Murder is wrong but this (killing) is socially
the best thing that has been done. This cannot be termed as
wrong.”

"It (inter-community marriages) will break our
society, bring down self-confidence. When it is being talked
about bringing youths ahead, I would say youth have done the
best thing (by killing Monica, Kuldeep and Shobha). This will
leave a message in society."

Asked whether he was in support of such killings, "I
definitely support it."

Nagar, however, alleged that police was investigating
the case with one sided perception taking into consideration
only members of the girl`s family.

"The car (in which Shobha`s body was recovered) does
not belong to us but names of the family members of the girls`
family are figuring (as accused) in the case. What is this?"
he questioned.

Monica and Kuldeep were allegedly murdered on Sunday
for marrying in another caste. Police yesterday recovered the
body of Shobha, who too had eloped with a man belonging to a
different caste.

Ankit is brother of Monica while Mandeep is her
cousin. Shobha is Mandeep`s sister. Mandeep and Ankit are
absconding and police suspect the involvement of both in
Shobha`s murder.

PTI