A 40-year-old cook in Delhi has been arrested for allegedly strangling his wife, chopping her body into parts, and dumping them at a secluded spot near their home.
The cook, Gulbuddin, had reportedly married another woman in Assam where he had lived for a while, and wanted to 'get rid' of his first wife, Phullu Begum, a PTI report said.
On Thursday, after the couple's 15-year-old daughter fell asleep, Gulbuddin allegedly strangled Phullu to death. He dragged the body to the bathroom, where he chopped in into parts, and later dumped the body parts at a secluded spot near home, the official said.
The next day, when the daughter asked her father about her mother he was only able to give evasive answers.
She then lodged a missing complaint at the Fatehpur Beri Police Station on Friday, following which several persons were questioned and Gulbuddin was suspected for the inconsistency in his statements.
On Saturday, Phullu's body was found in a decomposed state near their house. When Gulbuddin was subjected to sustained interrogation by the police, he broke down and confessed, reported ANI.
The police also recovered the weapon of offence.
The gruesome crime is reminiscent of Delhi's infamous Tandoor Murder Case, where restaurant owner and former politician Sushil Sharma had shot and chopped up his wife Naina Sahni on 2 July 1995. He had then stuffed his wife's pieces in a tandoor or an open clay oven at a popular restaurant in the heart of the city managed by his friend.
Sharma was arrested and convicted for 20 years in jail.
In September last year, he was granted parole by the Delhi High Court. He had asked for his sentence to be reduced, citing a law that allows a state government to set a prisoner free after serving 14 years in jail. He had said in his appeal that he had already spent 20 years in prison.
Currently, he is free and his request will be taken up by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.
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