A woman her son and his accomplices from Bhayander, in the outskirts of Mumbai have been arrested for murdering her younger son. According to police the deceased habitually sexually assaulted his close women relatives, including his 55-year-old mother.
Fed up with the abuse for over six months, the woman identified as Rajni, asked his son from her first marriage, Sitaram, to bump off his step-brother Ramcharan Dwivedi, for Rs 50,000.
The matter came to light on August 21, when the body of an unidentified youth was found in a quarry filled with water. When the Valiv police in Vasai (east) were called in, they found stab marks in the neck and began a murder investigation. The names ‘Ramcharan’ and ‘Rajni’ were tattooed on the arms.
They were yet to get a lead for almost close to a month, when a woman, Sunita Sharma, who was at Bhayander police station on September 14, identified the victim as Ramcharan. The investigators visited Ramcharan’s house and found out that his mother, Rajni, had earlier visited the police station, but failed to identify her son’s body.
Rajni told the police that Ramcharan had left home on August 19 at around 8 pm and had not contacted the family since. Rajni explained that she did not file a missing complaint as Ramcharan, who worked in a factory in Vasai, often stayed away from home for days without informing them.
But the investigators decided to probe further, and finally Rajni confessed to giving a Rs 50,000-contract to Sitaram to eliminate Ramcharan, said Vasai deputy superintendent of police Anil Akde. She was arrested on September 16.
Rajni told the police that Ramcharan was a habitual sexual offender, and had threatened her against disclosing it to his father Ramdas, who also works in a factory. She said Ramcharan had earlier sexually abused his stepmother after bringing her to the city from their native town two years ago. He had also attacked another woman relative, who had threatened to file a police case.
She could not take the torture when Ramcharan began abusing her regularly. She confided in Sitaram, and convinced him to get rid of Ramcharan. On August 20, Sitaram asked Ramcharan to accompany him to a location to check out vehicles.
Sitaram had roped in his friends Rakesh Yadav, and Keshav Mistry. They took Ramcharan to the quarry at Gokhivare village, murdered him and dumped his body in the water.