Journalist's mother held on murder charges

May 04, 2010 12:00 am | Updated September 22, 2010 01:50 pm IST

Koderma (Jharkhand): The mother of Delhi-based journalist Nirupama Pathak, found dead in her home here, was arrested on Monday on murder charges even as the police is trying to ascertain whether this is a case of honour killing.

Subha was arrested under Sections 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) and 120 b (criminal conspiracy) based on circumstantial evidences after the post-mortem of the 22-year-old journalist, Koderma Superintendent of Police G. Kranthi Kumar said.

Subha was remanded to 15 days judicial custody by the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court.

The post-mortem report revealed that Nirupama died due to asphyxia as a result of smothering and there was a ligature mark around her neck pointing to strangulation with a rope, Mr. Kumar said.

Nirupama's father Dharmesh, a bank employee in Uttar Pradesh's Gonda district, and brothers Shailendra and Salil are being interrogated.

The family had told the police that Nirupama died after being electrocuted in her home at Tilaya town here on April 29.

Mr. Kumar said the police was also investigating in Mumbai and Uttar Pradesh to find out where Nirupama's father and brothers were at the time of her death. All three denied being present in Tilaya on the day.

Nirupama, a Brahmin, planning to marry her batchmate, a Kayastha from Darbhanga in Bihar. — PTI

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