GUMLA: Police have arrested wife and son of minor irrigation department assistant engineer Sunil Kumar in connection with the latter’s murder. Kumar’s Srimati Srivastava and eldest son, Sumit, were rounded by Gumla police late on Friday evening from Ranchi’s Argoda Housing Colony in connection with the murder.
Kumar was shot dead at his official residence here on October 9 last year. Gumla police station OC Manoj Kumar Gupta said police are also in the lookout for one Amit Kumar Singh hailing from Sikandarpur in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district with whom Srimati has an illicit extra-marital relationship.
Gupta said about three months back police came across a vital clue that Smriti had a hand in the killing of her husband. He said police were handed over a letter by the deceased family which was found on the bed when Kumar visited his native place, Bhelwa, in Motohari district during Durga Puja last year.
In the letter addressed to Muzaffarpur town police station OC, Kumar said there was a threat to his life. Kumar had spelt out details of his severed family, his wife’s illicit relation with Amit Kumar Singh and how his eldest son parted ways with him on the instigation of his wife. Police here took the content of the letter seriously as part of the evidence in connection with the engineer’s murder.
A legal fight between Smriti Srivastava and Sunil Kumar began in 2004. They had married on 23 January, 1987. A dowry case was first filed with the sub-divisional court, Muzaffarpur which the court cleared when it was withdrawn by the complaint in 2006. A divorce case was pending at a court in Ranchi.
Gupta said both the wife and husband were passing through legal separation for last two years by a court order which was to expire on 11 January, 2010.
Both mother and son were remanded to judicial custody on Saturday.