"There were a lot of bloodstains at the spot"
A 19-year-old girl was murdered by her Indian cousin in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, after being shot in the genitals.
The incident happened on February 22, 2020, in what is believed to have been an honour killing.
The matter came to light when the victim’s family brought her to the hospital where she was declared dead on arrival.
Police were informed about the girl’s death and arrived at the hospital.
According to officers, the family members initially tried to mislead the investigation by claiming it was an “armed robbery and murder”. They also tried to clean the bloodstains.
A post-mortem revealed that the victim was shot three times. Once on her inner thigh, one in her private parts and another in her back just above her waist.
The victim’s cousin was identified as the main accused and an FIR was registered against him. Police also registered a case against his parents and the victim’s parents, who were present at the time of the murder.
They were charged under the sections of murder, criminal conspiracy and destruction of evidence at Sardhana Police Station.
Police Superintendent Avinash Pandey explained:
“There were a lot of bloodstains at the spot and someone had tried to clean them off.
“Broken bangles were also recovered from the spot which suggested resistance from the victim.”
He went on to suggest that the victim had been dead for at least six hours before she was brought to the hospital.
Police suspected foul play after they heard different statements from family members.
Several were subsequently taken into custody after they tried to resist the police’s decision to send the body for a post-mortem.
Officers explained that the victim was in a relationship with a young man, however, her family were against it.
A confrontation over the matter took place on February 22 which led to the shooting.
The girl’s brother told police that his cousin was drunk when he shot the victim dead out of anger. The Indian cousin was identified as Prashant Chaudhary alias Kittu.
The girl’s brother said: “Kittu, his friend Salman and I got drunk at a friend’s birthday party on Saturday night. We were already aware about her affair and she was continuing it against everyone’s will.
“Kittu shot her in the presence of all the family members.”
The Times of India reported that the investigation is ongoing.
While Kittu and Salman remain on the run, four family members have been arrested and remain in custody.