In a suspected honour killing, a woman strangled to death her daughter for having married against her wishes in Patna. The mother was arrested yesterday.

Nazneen Bano (22), a MSc student, was found dead at her abandoned residence on Friday. The case took a twist when Nazneen’s lover, Mahfooz, lodged an FIR saying it was an honour killing.

Patna Superintendent of Police Kim Sharma said that Shamima Bano, mother of the victim, was arrested yesterday after she confessed her involvement in the murder of her daughter. According to a police official, Nazneen was first hit on the head while asleep and then strangulated. “Prima facie, it appears that she was killed after she eloped with Mahfooz and married on April 16,” he said.

Mahfooz informed police that Nazneen had even filed a petition before the court of additional chief judicial magistrate at Danapur on April 17, apprehending her parents might eliminate her. Nazneen and Mahfooz were studying in the same college in Khagaul, where they fell in love and decided to get married.

Police are investigating the case to ascertain role of other family members in the killing.