A Dehradun man allegedly murdered his wife, stuffed her body inside a suitcase, dumped it in a forest and attempted to cover his tracks using tricks he learnt from his favourite TV crime show, police said on Friday.
Mohammad Danish allegedly killed his wife Imrana, whose “unidentifiable” body was found in the Doiwala forest on the outskirts of the city last May.
“The body had become too rotten to be identified as the perpetrator had sprinkled acid on it and had even chopped some parts (of the body),” Dehradun senior superintendent of police (SSP) Sadanand Date said on Friday.
Police said Imrana was killed with “criminal precision” using tricks often shown on the television show, Crime Patrol.
The police took the victim’s DNA sample and launched a marathon exercise to match it with around 40-odd cases of “missing girls” between 25 to 30 years of age from the Garhwal region, Date said.
“Eventually, the sample matched with Imrana’s parents’ and we arrested Danish on Thursday after a thorough investigation. The accused will be produced in court today and sent to jail,” Date said.
Danish apparently confessed that he got the idea of killing his wife after watching an episode of Crime Patrol, which presents dramatised versions of real-life crimes, police said.
Married for over two years, the couple’s relationship soured after Danish became intimate with his sister-in-law, Irfana, police said.
After a heated argument with his wife on April 18, Danish, who hails from a village in Bijnore (Uttar Pradesh), came up with a “meticulous plan” to eliminate his wife.
He purchased a suitcase from a local market and strangulated Imrana with a rope the same night, police said. Next morning, he stacked her body inside a suitcase and dumped it
Date said the accused paid attention to even the tiniest of details – as exhibited by criminals on his favourite show – like switching off his mobile phone before setting off to dump the body so that his location could not be traced. He even tried to disfigure the body by throwing acid on it, filed a missing complaint of his wife and later tried to implicate his in-laws for her disappearance.
Dr Neerja Singh, a consultant psychologist at Max Super Specialty Hospital, Dehradun, said crime shows are meant to create awareness, but some people misinterpret the strategies shown on the show as a “solution” to their problems.
“What people like Danish forget is that if they are imitating criminal strategy, they themselves indirectly become criminals rather than resolving their crisis,” she said, adding that timely psychiatric intervention and behavioural therapy could prevent such vulnerable persons from turning into criminals.