The accused, Om Prakash, allegedly strangled Neetu in a fit of anger on June 21 at Noida’s sector 18 following a heated argument about her infidelity. To cover up the crime, police said, he bought a trolley bag from a nearby market and stuffed her body in it before dumping it off at Yamuna Khadar. The bag was found three days later.
After dumping the body, Prakash called his in-laws to inquire about Neetu’s whereabouts, DCP (east) Ajay Kumar said. Neetu had told her mother she was meeting Prakash in Noida but he told them that Neetu never came, police said.
“Prakash managed to convince his in-laws that Neetu did not meet him. In fact, he acted as if he was worried for his missing wife and accompanied his in-laws to the Kalyanpuri police station to file Neetu’s missing complaint. Prakash actively participated in our search operation till our probe revealed that he was misleading us,” said Kumar.
The breakthrough in the case came when police examined the CCTV footage of sector 18, which showed Neetu meeting her husband and leaving together in a Santro car
“Om Prakash drove her around Atta market. They had snacks before Neetu asked him to take her for a movie. An argument broke out when Prakash taunted Neetu and told her to watch it with her boyfriend. A scuffle broke out and Neetu slapped him. A fuming Prakash caught Neetu’s throat and strangled her,” an investigating officer told HT.
Prakash and Neetu got married in November last year but their relationship.