A 30-year-old man was arrested Wednesday for killing a woman in front of her son here Tuesday morning. The killing was allegedly to take revenge from the victim, who had married the killer's sister's husband six years ago, police said.
Sandeep shot dead Meenakshi, 30, Tuesday morning in Rohini Sector-16 while she was going to drop her son to school in a rickshaw, said M. A. Rizvi, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police.
Meenakshi's husband Parminder Rana, 31, told police that Sandeep is the brother of his first wife Ritu.
"Rana had married Ritu in 2004. Two years later, a dispute arose between them and Ritu started living with her parents. In the meantime, Rana started living with Meenakshi in Rohini. There were a series of litigations between Ritu and Rana since 2006. Ritu had filed various cases against Rana regarding harassment for dowry, domestic violence and maintenance at courts in Delhi and in Sonepat," Rizvi said.
On the basis of the allegations made by Rana, Sandeep was arrested from a relative's house in west Delhi's Bawana Wednesday afternoon.
During interrogation, Rizvi said Sandeep confessed to the murder.
Sandeep told police that he and his family members had tried in vain to sort out differences with Rana.
In 2010, Rana made efforts for compromise and Ritu started living with him but he again started avoiding her and started living with Meenakshi.
"Sandeep was angry as Rana was not willing for a compromise. The cases filed by Meenakshi under the Hindu Marriage Act, Domestic Violence Act and Dowry Act were already withdrawn by them to compromise with Rana," Rizvi said.
Sandeep told police that he made his last effort on Sep 10 for a compromise but Rana threatened him and told him that he would not leave Meenakshi.
"The next day, armed with a pistol, Sandee went looking for Rana, but could not find him. Outside Rana's flat, he saw Meenakshi with her son. He followed her and shot her in revenge as Rana and Meenakshi had allegedly spoiled his sister Ritu's married life," Rizvi said.