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Murder victim’s kin accuse police of delaying probe

Supriya Sabharwal

Supriya Sabharwal  

Husband was held a month after murder

The family of Supriya Sabharwal (33), who was allegedly murdered by her husband on April 7, has accused the Antop Hill police of delaying investigation into the case. The police had initially registered an accidental death report in the case.

Supriya’s brother-in-law, Antony Sebastian, alleged that the police took its own time in registering an FIR, despite post-mortem reports ruling out suicide.

Mr. Sebastian said, “The post-mortem report was issued a day after the death. It stated the cause of death as ‘possible strangulation’. Yet the police registered an abetment to suicide case against her husband Naresh. We had to approach Sion Hospital as the police did not give us a copy of the post-mortem report.”

He said a murder case was registered only after he met Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone IV) Saurabh Tripathi. The accused was then arrested on May 17. Mr. Sebastian said, “It has been over a month and the police have still not told us the motive behind the murder.”

The police, however, claimed that Mr. Naresh was arrested based on a ‘clear medical report’. Police inspector Deepak Shinde said, “There was a delay in arresting Mr. Naresh because the post-mortem report did not clearly mention the cause of death. We are awaiting the final post-mortem report from Sion Hospital.”

Mr. Sebastian said Supriya had an intercaste marriage and her in-laws had been harassing her for dowry for the past nine years.

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