Jyoti Dasani, whose body was recovered from her car on Monday in Kanpur, was killed by a man hired by her husband Piyush Dasani who feared she might inform her parents about his extramarital affair, the police said.
Piyush had told the police that about eight bike-borne men had intercepted their car near Swaroop Nagar and kidnapped Jyoti when they were on their way home, in Pandu Nagar, after a dinner at a restaurant. The two had been married 16 months ago.
Inspector general of police (Kanpur Zone) Ashutosh Pandey said Piyush, an industrialist, has confessed to having an affair with a woman living next door, Manisha Makhija, who is believed to be pregnant and had been pressuring him to marry her. She is being questioned for her role in hatching the murder plan, Pandey said.
He said the accused wanted to get rid of his wife who had come to know of the illicit relationship, fearing she might tell her influential parents during the visit on Rakshabhandan.
Pandey said Jyoti at first remained mum when she came to know about her husband's affair. Later, she complained to her in-laws soon after noticing that Piyush would disappear between 1am and 4am every day.
Police investigations suggest the murder was being planned for no less than two months. Piyush had roped in Awdhesh, Makhija's driver, for the purpose. The driver too has been arrested.
On the night of the crime, before taking Jyoti out for the dinner at a restaurant on Parwati Bagla Road, Piyush visited Makhija and gave her a her a blackberry phone. He asked her to destroy about the five SIM cards he had given her to converse with her.
At the restaurant, Piyush tried to duck CCTV camera while speaking to Awdhesh and then Manisha on phone. He told Jyoti that they would go for a long drive and that he had arranged a driver for the purpose. An unsuspecting Jyoti sat with him in the back seat, while Awdhesh drove the car.
Between the CS Azad University and Rawatpur stretch, Awdhesh stopped the car and stabbed Jyoti in the back 17 times before driving off. He then abandoned the car at Panki. Piyush went home, changed his shirt, deleted all the call logs and messages before walking to the nearby police station, IGP Pandey said.
"Piyush has been charged with murder and sent to jail. Awdhesh will be interrogated to retrieve some missing links," said Pandey.
According to the police probe, Piyush had always wanted to marry Makhija, but her parents had called off marriage plans after a horoscope mismatch.