Wife’s body found in La­j­pat Na­gar 19 days ago, man held

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - METRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent htre­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

NEWDELHI: Nine­teen days after the de­com­posed body of a woman was found in a wooded area near Jal Vi­har in south Delhi’s La­j­pat Na­gar-1, po­lice on Satur­day ar­rested her hus­band and said he killed her as he sus­pected her of be­ing “friends with other men”, the po­lice said.

The woman’s de­com­posed body, parts of it eaten by stray an­i­mals, was dis­cov­ered by a passerby on Jan­uary 21, the po­lice said. On Fe­bru­ary 2, po­lice said a 15-year-old boy had ap­proached the lo­cal po­lice sta­tion and re­ported that his mother, Geeta Devi, was miss­ing since Jan­uary 13. The pho­to­graphs of the woman, whose body was cre­mated on Jan­uary 30, and those of her clothes and ar­ti­cles were shown to the teenager. The boy iden­ti­fied the woman as his mother and a mur­der case was reg­is­tered and in­ves­ti­ga­tion was taken up, ad­di­tional deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (south east) Ghan­shyam Bansal said.

Po­lice said the ar­rested 40-year-old man, Sanjay Ku­mar Singh, was Geeta Devi’s sec­ond hus­band. On Jan­uary 13, Singh al­legedly stran­gled his wife with his muf­fler after lur­ing her to the forested area on the pre­text of re­solv­ing their dif­fer­ences. Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the woman’s son told them that he lived with his mother and step­fa­ther Singh at Garhi vil­lage near south Delhi’s East of Kailash.

The role of Singh, a rick­shaw­puller, came un­der the lens when the boy told the po­lice that his par­ents of­ten fought and that his step­fa­ther was also miss­ing since the day his mother went miss­ing, the po­lice said.

Dur­ing the probe, an in­ves­ti­ga­tor said it was learnt that Singh was last seen go­ing out with his wife on Jan­uary 13. “On Fri­day, we learnt that Singh had come to Sari Kale Khan area from Ali­garh to pick up his son. We caught him when he reached his Garhi vil­lage house to col­lect his son. Singh ad­mit­ted to the crime dur­ing ques­tion­ing,” the ad­di­tional DCP said.

Singh told the po­lice he met Geeta Devi in 2008. “Singh and Geeta Devi and soon got mar­ried. The cou­ple has a son from their mar­riage,” Bansal said.

The po­lice said Singh told them that Geeta Devi worked as a do­mes­tic help, and he sus­pected she was in­volved in relationships with other men, which he did not like, and so he killed her.

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