A 35-year-old man was arrested from Hisar on Friday for allegedly setting his wife on fire and later chopping her body and dumping the pieces at nine locations in the city.
Yogesh Malhotra, a resident of Sakkapadi locality, reportedly killed his wife Aarti, 25, on Diwali night following an argument over a domestic issue. He is reported to have told cops that his wife was very pretty and had a dubious character.
Alwar’s superintendent of police, Rahul Prakash said: “Malhotra told us that he used a kitchen knife to tear her (Aarti’s) skin, yank limbs and head off the body. The man said he chopped the woman’s breasts, pulled out entrails and kidneys, packed them in polythene packets and dumped them in different places over three days.”
Malhotra, who works as a cook at wedding parties and doubles up as a house painter, has been arrested on charges of murder and attempt to destroy evidence, the SP said. The couple’s four-year-old daughter, who was with Malhotra when he was arrested, will be handed over to the child welfare committee.
Parts of the severed limbs of the woman were first found on October 31 near Chawand Padi locality in Alwar. More charred parts -- half-burnt legs, torso and breasts -- were recovered over the next two to three days from different parts of the city that sent to cops to tizzy.
“We began door-to-door survey in all the localities from where the body parts were found to find out if any woman had gone missing,” Prakash said.
In Sakkapadi locality, locals told the police that they hadn’t seen Aarti since Diwali night. They also informed that the couple had a fight on the same night.
“When police visited Malhotra on November 3 to enquire about the woman’s whereabouts, he said Aarti had gone for domestic chores. When we returned two hours later, we found the house locked and the man and his daughter missing,” a police officer said.
The police tracked him to Hisar on the basis of his mobile phone’s location and arrested him from his sisters’ house on Friday.