This may seem to have been taken straightway from a Bollywood cliché, but in reality it is a real incident that took place at Siliguri, a small town in eastern India and incidentally my birth place.
The accused couple – Anil Prakash Verma (a school teacher) and his wife Nilu Devi – are the residents of Khagra, another small town in eastern India. They are accused of (and they have admitted it themselves) of coming to Siliguri and boarding a hotel under false names, calling their Patna-based relative Ashoke Kumar Verma there under some pretext, and stabbing the latter to death in the night after dinner.
The couple have accused that the victim had visited their home in May, when Mr Anil was out of town. The victim, as per the couple’s version, had taken the advantage of Mr Anil’s absence and raped Nilu.
However, the couple had abstained from informing the police, as the victim, a successful contractor, was both rich and influential, and the couple were worried that police would fail to take any suitable step against him.
Thus the couple decided to take the law in their own hands. They planned for more than 3 months, and the ultimate result was the chilling incident that took place at a Siliguri hotel.
The commotion at the time of stabbing had alerted the hotel staff, who caught the couple red handed when they were already through with their “mission”. The couple are now in police custody, with the police officials themselves shocked with the incident.
I am an ordinary person, and I do not know whether my views at all matter to anybody. However, if the couple’s allegation against the deceased is true, them my full sympathy is with them.