Man held in U.P. MLA's wife murder case

An accused in the murder of the sitting Muzaffarnagar MLA's wife, who was killed a few days ago during dacoity in their house in Uttar Pradesh, has been arrested at Badarpur in South-East Delhi. The police claim to have recovered nearly Rs.51 lakh in cash and jewellery from him.

The incident took place in the early hours of July 31 when the robbers entered the house of Hukum Singh, murdered his 75-year-old wife Revati Singh and decamped with cash and jewellery. While their domestic help Shankar and his accomplice Lallan were arrested by the U.P. police, the other accused were absconding. The police contacted their Delhi counterparts seeking assistance.

Acting on a tip-off that one of the accused, Jashodh Chaudhary, had been spotted in Badarpur, the police laid a trap and arrested him and purportedly recovered the stolen money and jewellery from his rented accommodation. During interrogation, the accused disclosed that the conspiracy to commit robbery at the MLA's house was hatched in connivance with his domestic help Shankar and a former help, Ravi. The accused, along with three other gang members, struck when the MLA was not at home. They strangled his wife as she woke up while they were stealing the valuables.

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