Police recovered the body of a 32-year-old woman after digging a freshly-plastered portion of a house in the Nawalpura area of Barwani, around 100 km from Indore.
Police suspect that the woman – identified as Jugni Bai – was killed by her husband Chatariya Bhilala. The body bore stab wounds on her jaw and head, police said.
Chatariya, a 35-year old tea vendor, is absconding along with Jugni Bai’s mother Bhuri Bai. The couple’s five children are also missing.
Police said after allegedly killing his wife, Chatariya, a tribal, met Jugni’s brother Ravi in Barwani and said that his wife is missing for the past five days. Chatariya even lent his motorcycle to Ravi to help locate his wife.
When Ravi attempted to locate his sister in Nawalpur area, the residents there told him that husband and wife had a dispute on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi, August 29. Since then, they have not seen Jugni.
The neighbours also told him that they spotted Chatariya with spade and other digging tools while Jugni’s mother was seen taking mud and sand to Chatariya's house.
As Ravi grew suspicious, he and his father Raju filed a missing complaint with the police. In addition, the two sought permission from SDM to dig Chatariya’s house.
Barwani superintendent of police JS Kushwah said that police found the human remains buried under cement plaster in a house.
'We believe that the remains are of Jugni Bai,' Kushwah said.