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Man who wanted a son throws two daughters into well
04-06-2015

Balod (Chhattisgarh): A 32-year-old farmer has allegedly killed his two minor daughters by throwing them into a well after his wife refused to have another child to satisfy his demand for a son at Bheem-Kanhaar village in Balod district of Chhattisgarh, police said on Wednesday.

According to Balod Superintendent of Police Sheikh Arif Hussain, the accused identified as Chandradev Kongera, son of Daulatram, has been arrested for killing his daughters Madhuri (10) and Pooja (5), near his native place Faradeeh village under Saregaon police station limits on Monday evening.

According to the police, on June 1 evening, Chandradev along with village Kotwar and relatives informed the police that while returning from village Sareli (Dondilohara) on bicycle with his daughters Pooja and Madhuri, three masked men approached Chandradev on two motorcycles near Mudkhusra around 6 pm.

They threatened him with swords and kidnapped the daughters. Later, the goons had sprinkled chilly powder in his eyes and pushed the daughters into the nearby old well, in front of him. His wife and villagers brought him to the police where he narrated the same story but he broke down during sustained interrogation and confessed to the killings.

“The accused apparently had plans to convince his wife to have a third child after the death of his daughters,” police said adding that bodies of both the girls were fished out of the well late in the night.

Inspector General of Police (Durg Range) Pradeep Gupta said that first the accused tried to mislead the police by providing sketchy information but he confessed to the crime later during an interrogation.

On getting the information, SP Arif H Sheikh immediately sent ASP Gayatri Singh, SDOP DP Thakur, TIs of Thana Suregaon, Gunderdehi, Arjunda and Balod along with special Squad Team to the spot. However, they were shocked to find some other details that twisted the original statement given by the accused.

On May 30, Chandradev had gone to his father-in-laws place at Sareli village. On June 1, he left Sareli at around 12 noon with his daughters. He had later stopped at village Semharkona at the residence of a certain Phoolbhai Sahu. Then, Chandradev took his next stop at Bheemkanhar where they had snacks before leaving at 5pm. However, he reached home alone. When his wife Sanju asked about the daughters, he told her the kidnapping story.

However, Police doubted the broad daylight kidnapping angle. At the Police Station, he kept changing his statements and feigned giddiness to avoid enquiries.