Delhi woman councillor, baby found dead

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 08, 2012 21:19 hrs

New Delhi: A Congress councillor was found dead along with her baby daughter at her home here Thursday, police said, even as her parents said she was killed for dowry.

Satyam Yadav, 26 of west Delhi's Nangloi area, was found hanging inside her home around 8 a.m. on her birthday, a police officer said. The body of her one-and-a-half-year-old daughter was lying on the bed.

"It seems Yadav hung herself after strangulating her daughter. But we cannot confirm anything before the post-mortem," Additional Commissioner of Police V. Renganathan said. No suicide note was recovered from her possession.

Yadav, who had completed her masters degree and had also a B.Ed, was a councillor from ward number 43 in Nangloi (East).

She was a native of Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh and moved to Delhi in 2010 after her marriage to Pawan Yadav, 28, a teacher in a municipal corporation school.

Satyam's family members have registered a complaint against her in-laws alleging that she was murdered because of dowry.

"Satyam's in-laws were demanding Rs.10 lakh (as dowry). We went to Delhi to bring her back to Bulandshahr. They refused to let her come and said they will not leave her until their demands were fulfilled," said Satyam's elder brother Nishant Yadav.

Pawan, refuting the dowry allegations made by her family members, told investigators that Wednesday night she was upset over some family issue.

"I was with her inside her room till 12.30 a.m. As she was disturbed over some issue, I left her inside her room and went to another room. When I entered her room Thursday morning, she was found hanging while my daughter was lying dead on the bed," said Pawan.

The police officer said a case has been registered against Pawan, his father Lala Ram Yadav and his mother Suman.

Satyam, the youngest member of her family, was elected as a councillor in the last civic polls held in Delhi.

"Probe is on in the matter. Satyam's in-laws and her family members will be questioned separately after the police gets her post-mortem report. Her in-laws might be arrested if the allegations made against them are found correct," said Renganathan.

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