Three arrested for Delhi serial honour killings

Three youths who allegedly carried out the sensational honour killing of three of their relatives in Delhi on Sunday were today arrested in Garhmukteshwar area here.

Last Updated: Jun 25, 2010, 11:31 AM IST

Ghaziabad (UP): Three youths who
allegedly carried out the sensational honour killing of three
of their relatives in Delhi on Sunday were today arrested in
Garhmukteshwar area here.

Mandeep Nagar (23), Ankit Chaudhury (22) and Nakul
Khari (21) were arrested from Garhmukteshwar, about 90 kms
from Delhi, and a country made pistol was recovered from them,
Senior Superintendent of Police Raghubir Lal said, adding they
have also seized a car.

The three were on the run after allegedly killing
Ankit`s sister Monica, 24, along with her husband Kuldeep, 26,
for marrying in a different caste, and Mandeep`s 22-year-old
sister Shobha, who too had eloped with a man belonging to a
different case.

The accused carried out the three murders on the same
day-- June 20, Additional Director General of Police (Law and
Order) Brij Lal said in Lucknow.

First they killed Shobha after asking her to meet
them. They shot her in her car. Then they called Kuldeep to
meet them and killed him. Later his wife Monica was murdered
at her home, he said.

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

After the murders, the three escaped to Uttarakhand
and there were reports that they were moving around in
Dehradun, Rishikesh and Musoorie but there was tip off today
that they were located in Garhmukteshwar, where police
arrested them.

Lal said they were being taken to Ghaziabad and Delhi
Police has been informed.
Police had yesterday announced a cash reward of Rs
50,000 each for anyone providing information on them.
The three were presented before the media here by the
police.

Earlier, Delhi Police took Mandeep`s uncle Dharmaveer
Nagar and friend Nitin, who allegedly gave provocative
statements justifying the murders, into preventive custody.
"We have taken them into preventive custody under
Sections 107 (Security for keeping peace in the other cases)
and 151 (arrest to prevent the commission of cognizable
offence) of the Cr PC," DCP (north-west) N S Bundela said
in Delhi.

This has been done to maintain peace as there were
apprehensions that their statements might instigate others,
another police official said.

"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,"
Nagar had said.

PTI