Twenty days after a 25-year-old newly married woman, Sneha’s body was found floating in the Hussain Sagar, her father Suresh Chand Singhvi has alleged that she was harassed for dowry and murdered by her in-laws. He demanded that the case be transferred to the Crime Investigation Department (CID).
Singhvi told mediamen here Sunday that Sneha had married jewellery merchant Akshay Barola, a resident of Moosapet on June 26, 2012. Sneha’s parents gave Barola’s family 45 tolas of gold, Rs 12 lakh cash, 5 kg silver, household articles and apparel worth Rs 35 lakh as dowry.
He said after Sneha moved to her in-laws’ place, Akshay and his parents started torturing her. Sneha reportedly went missing from her home on Feb. 10, after which Akshay lodged a complaint. On Feb. 11, Sneha’s body was found in the lake.
The Ramgopalpet police registered a case of suicide on the basis of the preliminary postmortem report, in which the doctor stated that Sneha had died of asphyxia.
Singhvi alleged a collusion between the police and Akshay’s family due to which the cops failed to investigate the case thoroughly.
He also said the postmortem was done by a single doctor as against a team of doctors, as prescribed by the law. The single medical officer, who conducted the autopsy, went on leave immediately after the postmortem.
“These facts made us suspect something fishy. If the case is transferred to CID, the truth will come out whether Sneha committed suicide or if she was murdered,” Singhvi added.
The Kukatpally police have arrested Akshay Barola. His parents Usha Barola and Shantilal Barola obtained anticipatory bail.