Man kills 'lover' to clear marriage debt

The body of Sonu Singh, a resident of New Bhopalpura in Udaipur, was found at a mine near Matuniya Doongri in Akola police station limits on August 11.

The police initially thought the girl had committed suicide. But a clue provided by the victim’s friend during investigation helped them nab the killer. “She gave the clue that the girl was close to a man who used to live in their house as a tenant some time back. The man was identified as Satyanarayan Jat, an ice-cream vendor, who developed an affair with the girl during his stay with the family.

“A background check revealed that Satyanarayan was already married under ‘natha pratha’, in which he had to pay off an agreed sum to his wife’s first husband. The caste panchayat had fixed the amount at Rs 2 lakh,” said a police officer. The police said Satyanarayan got close to Sonu as he came to know that her father had sold off an ancestral property for Rs 3 lakh recently. He lured her with the promise of marriage got Sonu to steal money from her father. “He wanted her to steal the cash from her father and elope with him, so that he could pay the money to settle his marriage,” said the officer.

Accordingly, Satyanarayan asked Sonu to get hold of money and jewellery from the house and elope with him on August 10. “Sonu stole Rs 50,000 and some jewellery from her house and went along with him. She then started pressurising him to get married which he could not do,” said the officer.

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