She thought it was a perfect murder. First, she made her boyfriend befriend her husband. He got her husband drunk, took him away from Delhi and crushed the victim with his car, making it look like a hit-and-run incident.
To further strengthen her story, the next day, she went to a south Delhi police station and lodged a missing person complaint. For a week, she went to the police station every day, wailing and urging the police to find her husband. She even said her husband had been abducted and someone called her with a ransom demand.
Barkha’s cover was, however, blown on Thursday. She was arrested along with her boyfriend Satbir, 48, for allegedly murdering her husband, Amit Kumar, 35, a driver in a private company in Bahadurgarh.
According to police, Barkha, in her early thirties, planned to eliminate Kumar because he had started suspecting her after reading some messages sent by Satbir on her phone. This had led to altercations between them.
Police said Kumar asked Barkha to sever ties with Satbir and even threatened her after which she decided to kill him. The plan was executed on September 9.
An investigator said after Kumar’s body was recovered in Bahadurgarh area of Haryana a day later, police had registered an accident case.
After lodging a police complaint on September 10, Barkha had even threatened suicide if her husband was not found.
Police unearthed the case after they found CCTV footage from Bahadurgarh which showed Satbir’s Hyundai Xcent car running over Kumar. Police traced Satbir to Delhi through the registration number. Haryana police then contacted Delhi police and Satbir was arrested.
“We also accessed Kumar’s call detail records that showed that he had been in touch with Satbir just an hour before he went missing. It became clear that it was not an accident but murder. When we questioned Satbir, he broke down and revealed that it was Barkha who had planned the murder,” the investigator added.