A resident of northeast Delhi’s Mustafabad was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly kidnapping and strangling her three-year-old niece.
Roshan kept the body in the bed box in her room and slept on it for two days till the stench gave away the secret.
Roshan allegedly suspected her husband of having an affair with her co-sister (his brother’s wife). To get even, she planned to kidnap and kill the woman’s daughter, said police.
The girl’s father reported his daughter was missing on Tuesday. “He stated that she went to the market to buy chips, but she did not return. He did not raise suspicion towards any individual…a case…was registered,” said deputy commissioner of police (northeast) Ajit Kumar Singla.
The girl’s details were uploaded on Zipnet (a forum where police uploads information about missing persons) and twenty teams were formed to trace girl.
“Two teams were deployed near her house and others were deployed in the other areas of Delhi, UP and NCR. Teams were sent to all bus stations, railway stations, hospitals and shelter houses, but they could not trace the girl,” Singla said.
On Wednesday, while recording statements of the family members, the police team sensed a foul smell coming from Roshan’s room, he said.
“The room was searched and the bed was inspected. The dead body of kidnapped girl was found inside the bed,” Singla said.
The woman was arrested and a case of murder was registered.
Interrogation revealed that Roshan fought with her husband Firdosh on Monday, accusing him of having an affair with his sister-in-law, police said.
“On May 17, Roshan gave `10 to the girl and took her into her room that afternoon. After the girl slept in her room, she strangled her using her bare hands. She then kept the dead body in her bed and covered the dead body with clothes,” a police source said.
Further investigation in the case is in progress.