In a suspected case of honour killing, a 28-year-old civil engineer from Kerala was shot dead on Wednesday by his in-laws at his residence in the Jaipur Jagdamba Vihar colony, where he was currently residing.
The victim, Amit Nair, had married Mamta Chaudhary nearly two years ago against the wishes of his in-laws. When his in-laws came to know recently that Mamta was pregnant, their anger burst out and they decided to kill Nair.
The relatives of the woman, who had an inter-caste marriage, also tried to forcefully take his wife Mamta along with them, SHO Karni Vihar Mahaveer Singh told PTI.
On Wednesday, Jeewan Ram Chaudhary, his wife Bagwani Chaudhary and two others barged into Nair’s residence in Jagdamba Vihar.
Mamta’s parents asked her to leave Amit and return home. When Mamta refused, the parents called in a man waiting outside, who drew out a pistol and shot at Amit, who collapsed on a sofa. Though the parents tried to drag six-month pregnant Mamta out of the house, they fled in their car when Amit’s family called neighbours for help.
“The parents kept pressurizing her to walk out of the marriage but she would not agree. When she resisted, they fired four times at her husband,” a senior police officer Ashok Gupta said. Nair sustained bullet injuries in his chest and neck, police said.
Police have booked all the four accused for murder, trespassing and criminal conspiracy. The accused were on the run.
“We have put up barricades and checkposts at several locations in the city as well as national highways but are yet to find them,” police said on Wednesday evening.