Grieving family members of Himanshi Kashyap (inset), daughter-in-law of BSP Rajya Sabha member Narendra Kashyap, mourn her death in Ghaziabad. (Photo: PTI)
Ghaziabad: BSP Rajya Sabha member Narendra Kashyap along with his wife and son were arrested on Thursday under anti-dowry laws in connection with the death of his daughter-in-law.
Himanshi Kashyap, 29, was found dead inside the bathroom of their house in Sanjay Nagar on Wednesday under mysterious circumstances, after which an FIR was filed against the lawmaker and his family members under anti-dowry law.
Kashyap, who is a member of Rajya Sabha, and his wife Devendri were arrested by Kavi Nagar police from Yashoda Hospital's ICU 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.
On Wednesday, family members rushed a profusely bleeding Himanshi Kashyap with gunshot injury on her head to a nearby hospital where doctors declared her brought dead.
Police swung into action after getting information from other sources and reached the hospital where a medico-legal memo confirmed that she was brought dead by family members.
Her husband Sagar told the police that she had committed suicide using his licensed pistol. Police teams reached the spot and collected evidence. No suicide note has been recovered from the spot. The firearm has been seized.
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 yesterday. 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.
Last time when she had gone to her parents home, she complained of in-laws and her husband’s rude behaviour and persistent harassment.