Hate, lies and triple murder


Police said Rintu left by a side gate, reached the railway station and boarded the Rajdhani Express with his father. In Delhi, his father tried to talk to Alina and his daughters. When he got no response, he asked a relative to go to the house. When the relative broke the news about the murders, Gopal Sharan Singh said, his son overheard the conversation and confessed that he had killed the three.

"Had his father informed the police earlier, we might have been able to prevent the escape," an officer said.

Gopal Sharan Singh is now back in Patna. "I want the death sentence for my son," he said. "No father can imagine his son can stoop to such a level." Rintu had often quarreled with Alina but never crossed the line, he has told the police. "He was so full of poison for my second wife and her daughters."

He has told the police that of late, his son had given him the impression that his relations with his stepmother and stepsisters were improving. Rintu had visited Patna in November too, stayed at his father's house, and appeared to be getting along well with his stepmother.

"What I have learnt from questioning family members is that Rintu has felt alienated since his father married Alina. Rintu was very young then," the DIG said.

He said the immediate motive was a property dispute. Rintu had wanted the Patna property in his name but Alina had resisted that and kept the property papers with herself. The single-storey house spans 2,200 square feet and its market price is estimated at over Rs 50 lakh. Rintu wanted to sell the house and invest in the realty business he had started in Delhi.

Rintu has a younger brother who too lives in Delhi, but he is said to have kept out of property matters. Alina's eldest daughter, Kalina, is married. Alina had been looking for a groom for her second daughter.

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