Raipur: A 32-year-old man allegedly killed his two minor daughters by throwing them into a well as he wanted a male child in Balod district of the state, police said on Wednesday.
The accused Chandradev Kongera has been arrested for the murder of his daughters- Madhuri (9) and Puja (4)- near his native place Fadaradih village under Suregaon police station limits on Monday afternoon, Balod Superintendent of Police Sheikh Arif Hussain told PTI.
"Chandradev, a farmer, was returning along with his two daughters on a bicycle from his in-laws' village Sareli to Fadaradih on June 1. On his way, he stopped by a field before his native place and pushed the girls into a well there," Hussain said.
Thereafter, he returned to his village and narrated a false story to the villagers that some persons tried to kidnap his daughters and when he resisted them, they threw the minors into a well, the SP said.
However, the villagers suspected that something was amiss and informed the police. "When police questioned him, Chandradev broke down and confessed to have killed his daughters," the SP said.
Bodies of the girls were fished out of the well on Monday night. During interrogation, the accused revealed that he wanted a son, but his wife refused to go for a third child after two daughters, which prompted him to commit the offence.
"He wanted to convince his wife for the third child after the death of their two daughters," the SP said. The accused has been booked under IPC section 302 (murder), he said, adding that further probe was on.