An Army jawan was Tuesday arrested on charges of kidnapping his wife and five-day-old twins in 2016. The three were found dead on Wednesday and police recovered their skeletal remains from the backyard of the jawan’s house in Bhilapur in Chhota Udepur.
The Army jawan had allegedly killed and buried the bodies of the three.
According to police, Shakuntala Rathwa, a resident of Umarva village of Pavi Jetpur taluka in Chhota Udepur had married Vikram Rathwa against the wishes of her parents five years ago.
However, due to Vikram’s location postings, Shakuntala boarded with her in-laws who allegedly used to torture her. She had then approached Abhayam 181 helpline and moved to a shelter home for women. She had also filed a case of domestic violence against her in-laws.
In March 2016, Shakuntala gave birth to a girl and a boy, after which Vikram insisted that she live with him.
As per police officials, Vikram told everyone that he was taking his wife and twins to Sikkim, where he was posted at the time.
Meanwhile, following the birth of the children, Shakuntala’s father Kalyansinh Rathwa, who had cut all ties with her post her marriage, tried contacting her to reconcile. However, despite repeatedly trying to contact her from March 30, 2016 onwards, he could not reach her.
Vikram allegedly tried to dodge his calls and even told him that Shakuntala did not…