Suspecting his wife of being unfaithful, a southeast Delhi man allegedly killed her, stuffed her in a bag and drove to Haryana, where he burnt the body. He then cooked up an elaborate story - reporting her missing and creating a fake email trail - the police have said.
Sumit Handa, 31, was arrested on Saturday after he admitted killing Niranjani Pillay, 27, an NRI of South African-descent.
"After a fight at their Pul Prahladpur flat on October 29, Handa stabbed Pillay, strangled her with a laptop's charging chord and stashed her in the bathroom," Ashok Chand, DCP (crime), said.
The Agra resident, employed with a west Delhi travel firm, allegedly stuffed the body in a strolley and packed Pillay's belongings in another bag. He asked a colleague to drive him to Rai district in Haryana, 40 km away, on a pretext.
"He got down at a petrol pump near the border where he bought fuel, dragged the bags to a forest, 200 metres away, and burnt them," Chand said.
The police said Handa hitched a ride home two hours later, carrying back some of the ashes. He got the bathroom floor tiles changed and spent the next two days developing a credible alibi.
"On November 2, Handa filed a missing persons report, telling the police Pillay served him sedative-laced tea on October 30 and eloped with her lover," Chand said.
He produced emails he claimed to have sent her, begging her to return. After that, he left for Agra.
But the police had got suspicious and put Handa under surveillance.
"He returned on November 11 and we detained him. He confessed," said Chand.