VARANASI: Azamgarh police on Sunday claimed to have solved the mystery behind the brutal killing of a woman, whose dismembered body had been recovered from a well of Pashchim Patti village of the district on November 16 by arresting his former boyfriend Prince Yadav.
According to police, Prince, 24, stangled Aradhana Prajapati, 22, of Ishaqpur village with the help of his cousin, Sarvesh, and hacked her body into pieces before dumping them into a well on November 10. Her head was disposed of six kilometres away. Police say the two were in a relationship and Prince got upset after Aradhna’s family married her off to another boy in February.
Prince’s parents and other relatives, including two maternal uncles, aunts, cousin brother and sister have been made accused in this case for hatching conspiracy and sheltering the two alleged killers. All of them are absconding and police have announced a cash reward of Rs 25,000 on Sarvesh.
Prince had been detained by police on November 19 and was formally arrested after an encounter when he tried to escape while taking the police to a pond where he had dumped the head.

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According to police, after the teams engaged in working out this case came to know that Aradhana was missing since November 10, they zeroed in on possible suspects and Prince was on top of the list as he had been pressuring her to break her marriage to be with him.
Police nabbed him on November 19 and during interrogation, he confessed to have killed Aradhna. “After his confession, a team on Sunday took him to the pond six kilometres from Paschim Patti village in which he had dumped the head and weapons used for hacking Aradhna’s body. When the police team was busy searching for evidence, Prince recovered a country made revolver, which he had hidden in a neighbouring field, and tried to escape after opening fire on cops,” said Azamgarh SP Anurag.
“Policemen also opened fire in defence in which he suffered bullet injuries in leg,” Arya said, adding, “injured Prince was admitted to hospital.” Aradhna’s father Kedar and brother Sunil have ascertained her identity, he said.
As per investigation, Prince had an affair with Aradhna for the past two years and wanted to marry her. But, he went to a Gulf country for a job when her family married her off to another person in February. When Prince came to know about this, he came back and started pressuring Aradhna to break her marriage but she was not ready for it, police say.
According to police, on November 9, Prince made an abortive bid to take Aradhana with her. However, the next day, he was able to convince her to go to a nearby temple. After offering prayer at the temple, they consumed food at a restaurant and later took Aradhna to the place of her maternal uncles in Paschim Patti village.
Arya said it was at his maternal uncles’ place that an unsuspecting Aradhana was strangled. In a bid to conceal the identity of the victim, Prince and Sarvesh chopped the body into pieces, the SP added.
“They chose a well, which is covered with bushes, and situated at a lonely place to dump the hands, legs and torso. The head and weapons used in chopping were dumped into a pond six kilometres away,” he added.
Arya said that parents of Prince have been accused of conspiracy while uncles, aunts, sister and cousin brother have been made murder accused. A cash reward of Rs 25,000 had also been announced on Sarvesh, he said adding, two constables- Rajesh Kumar Verma and Yahvant Singh had been given cash reward of Rs 5000 for their role in working out this case.





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