Dead councillor's husband held

The husband of a Congress councillor, who was found dead along with her 18-month-old daughter, has been arrested over allegations of dowry harassment, police said on Friday. Pawan Yadav has been sent to police custody till November 23.

The 28-year-old Municipal Corporation of Delhi schoolteacher was held after Satyam Yadav, 26, and daughter Vanshika were found dead at their house in west Delhi’s Nangloi on Thursday.

Satyam, elected to the North Delhi Municipal Corporation from Nangloi east, had married Pawan in 2010, and was living with her father-in-law, mother-in-law and sister-in-law in a two-storey house.

“Pawan was arrested late on Thursday and was produced before a court. He was sent in 14-day police custody,” a senior police official said.

A case under sections 304-B (dowry death), 498-A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 302 (murder of child) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against Pawan and his family members.

Satyam was found hanging at her house at 7.30 am. Her one-and-a-half-year old daughter’s body was found on the bed in the same room. The child had been strangled.

Satyam’s elder brother Prashant Yadav, a New Delhi Municipal Council schoolteacher, claimed that his sister was constantly harassed for dowry, and was also made to suffer because she gave birth to a girl child. He alleged that Satyam’s in-laws were demanding Rs 10 lakh and a Honda City car. Her father-in-law Lalaram denied the allegations, and claimed she showed no signs of stress. “We have never ill-treated her,” he said.

Police said the woman did not leave a suicide. Police are waiting for the post-mortem report to ascertain Vanshika’s cause of death.

Locals claimed that they heard a heated argument between Satyam and Pawan on Wednesday night. But Pawan told police that he slept with his mother on the first floor as she was not feeling well.

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