Bahujan Samaj Party MP Narendra Kashyap along with his wife and son was arrested in Ghaziabad under anti-dowry laws in connection with the death of his daughter-in-law.
Kashyap, who is a member of Rajya Sabha, and his wife Devendri were arrested by Kavi Nagar police from Yashoda Hospital’s ICCU ward where they were admitted on April 6 after they complained of chest pain.
Their son Sagar, who is the husband of victim Himanshi, was also arrested as the police have found “prima facie” complicity of the trio in the dowry death case, police officials said.
SHO Kavinagar Ashok Shishodia said that a team of government doctors was constituted to examine the MP and his wife to determine if they actually require medical attention.
Chief Medical Superintendent of Yashoda Hospital Sangeeta Garg said that after examination by the team, police arrested Kashyap and his wife.
Himanshi, the 29 year-old daughter-in-law of Kashyap, was found dead inside bathroom of their sector-23 Sanjay Nagar residence with gunshot injury on her head around 11 am on Wednesday.
An FIR under sections 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), 304B (death of a woman caused by burns or bodily injuries) of IPC and section 3 and 4 of Dowry Prohibition Act was lodged against the three as well as the MP’s daughters Shobha and Sarita and Sagar’s younger brother Siddharth on Wednesday.
Officials said that the other three will be arrested soon.
District Magistrate Vimal Sharma said that “a detailed report is being sent to Rajya Sabha Chairman informing him about the incident and the arrest of parliamentarian”.
“The victim’s husband, father-in-law and mother-in-law have been arrested as prima facie it has emerged that they were involved in dowry harassment. We had detained them this morning and only after a proper medical check-up they were arrested.
“The post-mortem report will be examined by a DSP rank officer. But prima facie it has emerged that the victim was being harassed for dowry,” SSP Gaziabad Dharmendra Singh said.
Himanshi, the daughter of former BSP minister Hiralal Kashyap, was married to Sagar three years ago and the couple have a one-year-old son.
Hariom Kashyap, Himanshi’s uncle, in his complaint alleged that Narendra Kashyap’s family members used to torture the girl for not bringing enough dowry. They always insisted that she bring a ‘Fortuner’ SUV from her parents, he claimed.