A Ghaziabad-based businessman allegedly strangled his 18-year-old sister-in-law and cut her body in two following a failed attempt to lure her into a kidnap drama to clear debts running into Rs 7 lakh, police said on Saturday.
The accused Mohammed Naushad, 28, is a Delhi University graduate and owns a computer hardware repairing business at Connaught Place in the capital. Investigators said that he had run up debts of nearly Rs 7 lakh that he had taken for his business.
After killing Nargis on August 10, Naushad kept the body in a bag at his third floor house in Khoda but was unable to dispose it off.
After neighbours complained of a foul smell, police broke open the door of house on Friday and found Naushad with the bag containing the body.
“Naushad hatched a plan that he would kidnap his sister-in-law Nargis and would demand ransom from his father-in-law,” said Salmantaj Patil, superintendent of police (city).
On August 9, when his wife and children had gone to a local market, Naushad called Nargis and told her that a ‘baba’ had advised him that she should recite some mantras after being tied to a bed, the officer said.
“This will help him get rid of his loan, he told her,” said Patil.
Nargis agreed to be tied up but refused to cooperate when he revealed his plan to enact her kidnap drama and extort money from his father-in-law.
“Naushad then put up a tape over her mouth so that she could not make any noise. Meanwhile, his wife returned but he sent her to her parents’ house telling that Nargis has gone missing and she should look for her,” the police officer said.
He pretended to help his in-laws in looking for the victim and even lodged a police complaint.
The accused then returned to his house on August 10 and strangled Nargis at around 1pm when she again refused to be part of the fake kidnapping, police quoted Naushad as saying.
“The body was cut into two parts from near the abdomen in order to pack into a bag. Meanwhile, his wife wanted to come back and he was helpless as he could not find time to dispose the body which had started decomposing. He brought perfume and used it time and again over the body to cover up the foul smell and waited for suitable time to dispose the body,” an investigator said.