Posted at: Dec 12, 2017, 3:54 PM; last updated: Dec 12, 2017, 3:54 PM (IST)
Six sentenced to death in TN honour killing
Chennai, December 12 2017
A court in Tamil Nadu’s Tirupur district on Tuesday sentenced six people to death in an honour killing.
Of the six, one is the father of the girl, S. Kausalya, whose husband Shankar was murdered in 2016.
The court acquitted Kausalya’s mother S. Annalakshmi and two others. The court also sentenced five people to life imprisonment.
Shankar and Kausalya were attacked in March 2016 in Udumalpet, around 540 km from here, after their inter-caste marriage.
The attack was at the behest of Kausalya’s father.
The Tamil Nadu Police had charge-sheeted 11 persons in the case
3 murdered in 2 ‘honour killing’ incidents in Bagalkot dist
Bagalkot: Three people have been murdered in two separate cases of ‘honour killing’ in the district in a span of five days.
In the first incident at Kairavadagi village in Hungund taluk, Sangamesh Kumbar and Hanumavva Saroor, who belonged to different castes, were seeing each other for a long time. They had married three months ago in a temple and had shifted to Amingad.
On December 2, Hanumavva’s father Hanumanth Sarur invited the couple for a religious function at a sugarcane field in his village.
After the feast, Hanumanth, his brother Gangappa, minor son, son-in-law Yellappa Nagarala and friend Channabasaiah hacked Sangamesh to death with lethal weapons in front of Hanumavva.
After taking the body to the Amingad-Aihole road, they hacked Hanumavva to death when she came there. The woman’s family members then drove a tractor over the couple’s bodies. The killers then pushed a bike they had brought to the ground to make their deaths look like an accident. The suspects were arrested on Saturday from Sangli in Maharashtra.
The woman’s kin have claimed that the couple were not on good terms and so they murdered Sangamesh. They said they had to kill Hanumavva too as they did not want her to live in their village with the ‘ignominy’ of being a widow, said Superintendent of Police C B Rishyant.
In the other incident, Sadashiva Kesaragoppa, 20, from Hulyala in Jamakhandi taluk of the district and a woman from the same village, who were in love with each other, had married six months ago.
After a meeting of the village elders, Sadashiva was warned not to meet or talk to the woman. But he did not heed to the warning.
On the night of December 7, during a play staged as part of a festival, the woman’s relatives called him to meet them on the premises of the government school. They bludgeoned him to death with a boulder.
The woman’s brothers Siddappa Halagali, Dundappa Halagali, relatives Parasappa, Hanumanth Kallolli and Manjunath Pandit have been arrested in connection with the murder.
Sadashiva’s brother Kariyappa told DH that the victim and the suspects worked together in a quarry and were friends. The suspects ganged up against him after they came to know about his relationship with the woman, Kariyappa said.
Is Eldeco colony murder a case of honour killing?
TNN | Nov 13, 2017, 07:58 IST copyright Times of India newspaper
LUCKNOW: In a dramatic turn of events, the mother of 28-year-old Martina Gupta found murdered at her Eldeco II Colony home on Saturday, told police on Sunday that her husband had killed their daughter.
Police team, which had been camping outside the residence, placed Rakesh Gupta under arrest and took him to PGIpolice station
Malti Devi, mother of deceased Martina, said in her complaint that her husband Rakesh Gupta murdered their daughter. She told cops that she was in kitchen when she heard gunshots. “On rushing towards Martina’s room on second floor, I saw Rakesh coming down,” she told investigators.
Devi also told police that no one else was present in the house except herself, Martina and Rakesh when the incident took place.
“We arrested Rakesh on the basis of Malti’s complaint,” said inspector PGI AK Rai. Rakesh told police that he wanted Martina to get married but she showed no interest. The family was worried that Martina was in a relationship, h esaid.
“On Saturday morning, we had a heated exchange of words after which in a fit of rage I took out the pistol and fired at Martina,” said Rakesh in his confessional statement.
SP (north) Anurag Vats said that Rakesh would be taken on remand for further probe. However, on coming across aberrations in Gupta’s confession, cops summoned Martina’s siblings for questioning one after the other till late Sunday night.
Rakesh suffers from diabetes and anxiety disorder. His hands were trembling during interrogation which compelled sleuths to look beyond his confession.
Police scanning CCTV footage
Police is probing if some other family member was involved in the crime or abetted it. Forensic team has been asked to lift fingerprint samples from Martina’s room.
Junking the sequence of events narrated by Gupta family, Cantt CO DySP Tanu Upadhyay has started probe afresh. “It is evident that throughout Saturday, family members were trying to cover up facts. We will re-examine the case to determine the exact sequence of events,” said Upadhyay.
PGI SHO Ashok Rai said, “On Saturday, the family said that 10 members were present while, Malti Devi’s written complaint states that she, Rakesh and Martina were alone at the house”.
They said there was a tussle in which the pistol got fired accidentally, he added
Brothers arrested in Martina Gupta murder case
Pathikrit Chakraborty| TNN | Nov 14, 2017, 07:32 IST
copyright Times of India newspaper
Her mother Malti Devi had told police that her husband had committed the crime. Deepak is the eldest child of the couple while Nikhil is the sixth of eight siblings. SSP Deepak Kumar said barring Malti, all the family members were under the scanner. “On the day of the murder, the arrested brother duo told police that their sister had committed suicide. However, when we questioned them separately, we came across a lot of contradictions,” said Kumar explaining the reason for their arrest 48 hours after the incident. To determine the chain of events, help of ballistic experts would be taken, he said. “A team had been summoned from Mahanagar forensic laboratory to recreate the events. We would share the postmortem report with them to find if all shots came from one direction,” added Kumar. Call detail record analysis has revealed that Martina used to speak frequently with a person.
Police have found that Martina was under duress as her family was insisting that she marry a man selected by Rakesh but she was resisting the decision. Station house officer of PGI police station AK Rai said, “We would send the shell and bullet to a laboratory to ascertain if shots were fired from Rakesh’s licensed pistol.”
Eldeco woman found dead in home with 5 gunshots
TNN | Nov 12, 2017, 11:04 IST copyright Times of India newspaper
LUCKNOW: In a whodunnit mystery, a 28-year-old unmarried woman was found dead in her home on Saturday. The deceased, Martina Gupta, was a resident of Eldeco-II, an upmarket colony off Rae Bareli Road.
Her family claimed that the MBA graduate committed suicide due to personal problems. However, police are unconvinced with the theory as five gunshot wounds were found on Martina’s body.
The incident, which took place around 8.30am, was not reported to police. It was only after the woman was declared dead by doctors at KGMU trauma centre six hours later that personnel at PGI policestation got to know of it. Hospital staffers preparing the death memo informed them.
Adding to the mystery, when police began questioning Martina’s father Rakesh, they found that the .32 bore pistol from which the shots came belonged to Gupta. He had taken voluntarily retirement from the health department in 2015. He worked as a peon. Among Gupta’s eight children, Martina and six other siblings stayed in the same house. As part of the daily routine, Martina’s sisterin-law Rindam went to offer tea to her in Martina’s room on Saturday morning. She found the door ajar and Martina lying in a pool of blood.
At least 10 family members were present in the house’
Rindam raised an alarm, waking up other family members. Subsequently, Martina was rushed to trauma centre. “At least 10 family members including Gupta and his wife Malti were present in the house.
But it is surprising that none of them heard the gunshots,” said DySP Tanu Upadhyay, circle officer of Cantt. The officer added that no suppressor was attached with the gun.
Police found objects and articles in Martina’s room intact. There was a huge blood stain on the pillow cover. While one bullet shell was under the bed, the second was below the pillow. Police were contemplating taking help of ballistic experts on the nature of the wounds. KGMU trauma centre in charge Prof Haider Abbas said Martina was declared brought dead. PGI police station SHO AK Rai said around 2.30pm, Chowk police informed them of Martina’s death.
Rai added that Gupta had mentioned in the complaint that Martina had committed suicide with his licensed pistol. SP north Anurag Vats said three gunshot injuries were found on the chest while two were found on the skull. “Gunshots on chest have been fired from a distance. The ones on right temple and near the ear lobe seem to be contact shots,” said Vats. The officer added that an autopsy was conducted late on Saturday evening. After going through its report, a case will be registered.