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Couple killed for 'honour' in Bihar

SIWAN: In a suspected case of honour killing, a couple was killed allegedly by the girl's brothers and uncle who were not happy with her decision to marry a boy not belonging to their caste. The assailants, however, spared their one-year-old child, Anshu.

The incident took place at Kala Dumra village in Bihar's Siwan district on Sunday night.

Police said Jeetendra Pandey (30) of Kala Dumra village was a petty cattle dealer. In connection with his trade, he used to visit Sarsaon village where he fell for Chandrakala Yadav (20) who belonged to a well-off family. Two years ago, Chandrakala eloped with him to Punjab and the duo tied the knot. The girl's family lodged a case of kidnapping against Pandey.

The couple was blessed with a son last year after which Pandey appeared in a Siwan court which was hearing the kidnap case against him. Only four days ago, the court acquitted him of the charge as Chandrakala told the judge she had wedded Pandey on her own.

On Sunday night, police said, Pandey and his wife along with their child were sleeping outside their house when armed persons rained bullets on the duo.

Siwan SP Amrit Raj said an FIR has been lodged against Chandrakala's two brothers and an uncle on the basis of a statement of Pandey's mother. She has told police her daughter-in-law's brothers and uncle had been threatening her son for long. Even on the day the court disposed of the kidnap case, the girl's brothers had threatened the couple on the court premises.

The SP said raids are on to arrest the accused. Asked if it was a case of honour killing, he said, "It is difficult to comment at this stage."

JN Yadav, SHO of the GB Nagar police station where the FIR has been lodged, said the boy was so poor that he along with his family lived in a hut. Pandey had eloped with another girl also about four years ago but her family members forcibly took her back and married her off to another boy, the SHO said and added Pandey had been jailed for a few days in that case. TOI



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