MEERUT: A man was arrested on Thursday for allegedly killing his wife and their three-year-old daughter after she had objected to his extra-marital affair in Sardhana area here, police said.
Ashish Kumar (38) initially claimed that his wife Jyoti (35) and daughter Bhavya had slipped into a water body and drowned, Superintendent of Police (Rural) Anirudh Singh said.
However, a police investigation revealed that Kumar killed his wife by beating her with a stick and smothered his daughter.
He also threw their bodies separately in a canal and the Hindon river, the SP said.
The accused had informed his in-laws on the phone that Jyoti and Bhavya had drowned.
The Sardhana police said to hide his affair, Ashish initially claimed that he had three daughters from Jyoti and needed a son.
He also told them that the family had come to Gangnahar to offer prayers on the advice of a priest.
The police found the girl's body at Bhola Jhal; Jyoti's body was found stuck in a bush in Hindon river in Baghpat, about 20 km away from the site of the incident.
The SP said Kumar had told the police that he had an affair with a woman and his wife knew about it.
They used to have a lot of fights over the matter, the official added.