Yet another case of a Hindu man having to pay with his life for loving a Muslim girl emerged from Uttar Pradesh. Last Wednesday, Monu, son of Jagat Singh and resident of Masoompur village, Dilari police station area, Moradabad district was strangled to death with a muffler by his Muslim girlfriend’s brothers.
Monty, the victim’s brother filed a complaint based on which the police charged the girl’s brothers Wasim, Naseem, Faizab and Yameen. On Friday, police arrested Wasim and Naseem and the two have confessed to murdering Monu.
That fateful morning, Monu left the house to relieve himself. He never returned home and the family started searching. Late into the night, his body was found lying in a wheat field nearby. A postmortem confirmed that he was choked to death.
Monu is survived by his father Jagat Singh, mother Premvati, brother Monty and three sisters Kamlesh, Kusum and Neetu, and the whole family is devastated. Monty told the police that trouble began after his brother Monu fell in love with a Muslim girl from the same village. When the girl’s brothers came to know about the relationship, they even threatened to eliminate Monu.
During interrogation, the accused told police that they killed Monu since they were angered over his relation with their sister. They claimed he was trying to ‘defame the family’ by sharing objectionable pictures of the girl. Based on the inputs of the two accused, police has recovered Monu’s shoes and mobile phone. Both brothers were produced in court and remanded to judicial custody.
On Friday, police had called a few people for questioning whom they later released. Villagers suspect their involvement in the murder, and protested police letting them go. Monu’s cousin brother Chatrapal said that the girl’s father Yaseen and her brother Faizan were also present in the village on the day of the murder but theirs names were deliberately removed from the case by police. He alleged that Yaseen owed Monu Rs. 1.45 lakh, and so conspired to murder him. However, police says they learnt during questioning that the two were not in the village.
Communal tensions still prevail in the village between the two communities.