It was a small, two-room apartment. Their one-year-old son was away to his grandparents’ house in Agra, putting Niranjani, his wife of four years, ever more under his unwavering gaze.
So, when Sumit Handa, who already suspected that his wife was cheating on him, allegedly saw her attaching some ‘objectionable’ pictures of herself to an email on her personal laptop, he lost his mind.
“He got wild as soon as he entered the kitchen where Niranjani was using her computer, yanked the laptop charger’s cord from the socket and used the same to strangulate her,” said a police officer.
Having met and fallen in love with her while working at her father’s sari showroom in Durban, one of the prime reasons why Handa had decided to settle in Delhi was to help Niranjani forget her past.
But the relocation too, didn’t deter Niranjani from remaining in touch with her Durban-based paramour, who is also of Indian origin, despite having given birth to a baby boy in October 2010.
“Even after the couple had moved to Delhi on July 31, Sumit claimed during questioning that her friend had travelled all the way and stayed in the city just to meet her,” said Sanjay Bhatia, additional DCP (crime).
Eavesdropping on his wife as she worked on the Internet helped blow the lid of her seemingly dormant affair. THE CRIME TRAIL
His overriding attempts at using technology to create a seemingly credible alibi ironically led the police to nail Handa’s lie.
“While on one hand, he was publicly proclaiming and even allowing access to his personal email account to show his colleagues how he was writing to her to come back, the same computer in his office was found to have been used to run a Google search on ‘burnt dead bodies’,” Bhatia said.