By Taniya Dutta
Police allege a dead policeman’s wife and four daughters plotted his murder and hired assassins to kill him – for his £88,000 pension and because he wouldn’t let them wear JEANS.
Police in Uttar Pradesh in northern India arrested Zahida Begum, 52, and her daughters Saba, 26, Zeenat, 22, Iram, 19, and Alia,18, at their house in Shahjahanpur after the women confessed to hiring two contract killers to kill Meharbaan Ali, a sub-inspector.
Ali’s body was found in a sewage canal just 250 metres from their house on Sunday morning, after which an investigation was launched.
Police said significant clues from close circuit cameras installed at the location, which helped them crack the case.
Daya Chand Sharma, Inspector at Sadar Bazaar police station, said the mother and the daughters were upset with the strict restrictions Ali had imposed on them.
Insp Sharma said: “Ever since the body of Ali was found, we suspected the involvement of family members, because the body was found just 250 metres from their house.
“We took out the call detail records of all the family members and found that Ali’s wife, Zahida, was regularly calling a number.
“During investigation, we found that Ali had left from police line station at 10am on Saturday and reached home 45 minutes later.
“Contract killers Tahseen and Ehsaan, who were called for his murder, were seen entering Ali’s house soon after and at around 1pm Ali was killed.
“The same evening after dark the contract killers again came to his house and with the help of his family members, took Ali in their motorcycle and dumped his body near a canal.
“A massive investigation operation was launched and all the CCTV cameras were checked for the recordings. Important clues were found in the video recordings that helped us solving the case.
“After that we confronted the women, who confessed to the crime.”
Police said Zahida was hoping to get £88,000 from the funds the dependents of policemen receive after their demise.
They claim his daughters, who were unhappy with their father’s strict restrictions of not wearing jeans, connived in the crime in the hope of getting the job in his place.
The women allegedly hired Tehseen and Qasim for £1,100. Half of the amount was paid from Ali’s salary that was kept in cash at home where as the remaining was promised to be given after the ‘task’ was completed.
Additional superintendent of the city police, Dinesh Tripathi, said: “There were three benefits which the family would have got after Ali’s death.
“First, one of his daughters would have got a job in his place in the department.
“Second, his widow would have got the pension, which is half the salary.
“Moreover, the family would have got the funds which dependents of policemen get on the demise of the latter.”
The contract killers, who police said were involved in many other serious crimes in nearby areas and were on the run, were arrested this morning [WEDS].