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Speech-hearing impaired Dehradun youth helps police nab father for mother’s murder

The accused was arrested after his speech and hearing impaired elder son video-called her aunt and showed the gory scene of his house, said police.

Updated: Aug 27, 2018 12:30:19

By HT Correspondent

The hearing and speech impaired youth found his mother lying in a pool of blood, video-called his aunt and showed her the gory scenes. Her aunt, in turn, informed police. (Getty Images)

A 42-year-old debt-ridden man allegedly murdered his 38-year-old wife by slitting her throat on Saturday at Lakhibag area of Dehradun.

The accused was arrested after his speech and hearing impaired elder son video-called her aunt and showed the gory scene of his house, said police.

The accused confessed to killing his wife as he was under pressure over increasing debts and constant nagging by money lenders, police said.

The accused was identified as Jai Prakash Yadav, who sold eggs near the Dehradun railway station.



Hailing from Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, he was living in Lakhibag area for the past 15 years, with his family including his wife Prem Lata and two sons --Tarun, 19 and Nikhil 17.

Kotwali police station SHO BBD Juyal said Tarun, who is differently abled, played a crucial role in the arrest of his father.

“At the time of the incident, Tarun was present at the house along with his father and mother. He was inside one of the three rooms of the house while Yadav and his wife Prem Lata were in another.

“The two had a heated argument over some issue, when Yadav brought a kitchen knife and slit her throat,” Juyal said, adding Yadav had thought that his differently-abled son won’t be able to narrate the incident to anyone.

Yadav, after killing his wife, changed his clothes and washed the knife before putting it back in kitchen. He then left the house and went back to work.

“Yadav was wrong about his son and rather under-estimated him. After sometime, when Tarun came out of his room, he found his mother lying in a pool of blood.

He was first unable to think about what to do but then video-called his maternal aunt and showed her the gory scenes. Her aunt, in turn, informed police,” said Juyal.

“Tarun also video-called his younger brother Nikhil. He also called his neighbours using gestures.”

During investigation, Tarun told police that there was no outsider in the house but only his father, who had come at around 1pm.

“Based on his information, police rounded up Yadav, who broke down during questioning and confessed to the murder. He told police that he was tense due to his wife’s rising debts and constant nagging by her lenders who used to ask him to repay the loan,” Juyal said.

He said, “Yadav asked his wife about her debts many times but to no avail. On Saturday, he again inquired about her monetary transactions which eventually turned into a heated argument followed by her murder. A case has been registered and investigations are on.”

First Published: Aug 27, 2018 12:29:51

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