A 45-year-old man, who allegedly murdered his daughter and dumped her body in a lake as she wanted to marry a boy from another religion, has been arrested by the Delhi Police Crime Branch along with his father-in-law.

The police said they have arrested Mohammad Yasin, a resident of Jehangirpuri. They said they recovered from him an acknowledgement receipt from a burial ground in the name of his 16-year-old daughter.

“Prima facie, the paper appears to be forged. Yasin initially tried to mislead us by claiming that he had procured it from the burial ground in Jehangirpuri, where he had buried his daughter after she passed away recently,” said Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Ravindra Yadav.

Police inquiries in the locality revealed that it was not Yasin’s daughter, but his sister-in-law who had died last year. “They said his daughter, who studied at a government school, was missing since February. However, he had not filed any missing report with the police. School records revealed that his daughter was alive on the date shown in the forged burial receipt,” said the officer.

‘Confession’

Confronted with these facts, Yasin broke down and confessed to murdering his daughter. “He disclosed that his daughter was in love with a boy living in the neighbourhood. He objected to the relationship as the boy was from another religion. When she did not relent, he and some relatives planned to eliminate her. One night in February, they took her to an isolated place where they killed her, stuffed the body in a bag and dumped it in a lake at Bhalaswa,” the officer said.

At Yasin’s instance, the local police have initiated efforts to fish out the victim’s body.

Yasin was arrested along with his father-in-law Munne Khan (56), following a tip-off developed by constable Parvez Alam. The two accused allegedly disclosed that they had committed a robbery at a factory in Sonepat (Haryana) about seven months ago. Four of the eight gang members were arrested after an encounter with the police. “Yasin was earlier involved in 20 cases of murder, attempted murder and burglary. He is married to Munne Khan’s daughter.”

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