Capt Megha Razdan murder: Husband held

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Jammu, Apr 2: Police have arrested Capt Chaitanya Bhatwadekar on charges of abetting the murder of his 26-year-old army officer wife, Capt Megha Razdan, whose body was found hanging at their official residence on the city outskirts here last year.

''Capt Chaitanya has been arrested for abetment of murder of his wife Capt Megha Razdan late last night. He has been charged under sections 306 and 498-A of RPC (Ranbir Panel Code, which is applicable in Jammu and Kashmir),'' sources in Police Station Gangyal told to the souces. The army officer will be produced in a court today, police said. However, Army authorities were not ''officially'' informed about the arrest of Capt Chaitanya in the case, whose court of inquiry (CoI) is still on.

''No official intimation regarding the arrest of the officer was given to the Army,'' said Defence spokesperson Lt Col S D Goswami when contacted. About the outcome of the CoI, the spokesman said it was still pending as police had not given reports of the tests -- brain mapping and narco-analysis, conducted on Captain Chaitanya.

Capt Razdan was found hanging from a ceiling fan with a bedsheet in a room of her official residence at Kunjawani on July 1, 2007. Reportedly, there were thumb marks on Capt Razdan's neck and stomach, injury marks on her left leg and blood stains on her stomach. The death of the lady officer had sparked a controversy. A suicide note, which was recovered from her residence, allegedly said she was committing suicide as she was being harassed by her seniors in the Army.

Capt Megha Razdan and her husband were posted in 113 Engineering regiment.


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