The man who confessed to killing his wife in a five-star hotel in sector 18 of Noida on Friday told police he wished to surprise her with a stay at the expensive accommodation but an argument followed during which he smothered her to death.
Ishan Khosla, 27, remained inside his room in Radisson hotel for two hours, while his wife Akanksha Srivastava, 25, lay on the floor. He recorded a four-minute mobile clip confessing to the murder.
Speaking to HT at sector 20 police station, Khosla, a telemarketer, said he arrived from Mughalsarai and took a cab to the hotel.
"I called Akanksha and wanted to surprise her. I was inspired by a common friend who had surprised his wife by booking a hotel room in Noida 10 days ago, and so, I booked a room in Radisson. But she was annoyed and asked me why I had spent so much money for a hotel room," he said.
"She said I could I have taken her shopping instead. She started fighting with me during which grabbed her by the neck," he added.
Khosla claims as his wife started to pass out, he tried to revive her by sprinkling water on her face but she was unresponsive.
"I broke down because I came here to save our relationship but ended up killing her. So, I wrote a two-page letter narrating the events and stated that I was going to commit suicide from Jalvayu Towers in sector 47. When I reached there, I called my mother but she was crying because the police had detained a family member and even the door to the terrace was locked, so I decided to surrender to the police," he said.
The couple married in June 2011 but was having a troubled relationship and lived separately.