A 35-year-old businessman has been arrested for plotting his wife’s murder and making it look like a dacoity gone wrong.
Bhiwandi resident, Pravin Bhandari, was arrested on Friday by Bhiwandi crime branch and Nizampura police station.
On Wednesday, Bhandari’s wife Chandra (34) was found murdered at their residence and valuables worth Rs, 5,57,300 missing.
“This was a well-planned murder and the complainant himself is the accused. Within a short span of time, the officers were able to nab Rashid Pavle (30), who said that he, along with an accomplice, killed the woman on the orders of her husband,” said additional commissioner of police (crime), Dhananjay Kamlakar.
The police started probing deeper after finding several contradictions between Bhandari’s statement and the crime scene.
“Though the robbers had taken the valuables, they left the ornaments on the woman’s body untouched. We also interrogated the watchman and tracked Bhandari’s calls. Based on this, we came to know that he was the conspirator,” said senior police inspector (Bhiwandi crime branch) Ravindra Wadekar.
According to the police, Bhandari said he had plotted the murder as he suspected his wife was being unfaithful.
“He hired the two goons some time ago. While he promised a printing press to Pavle, he said he would pay the accomplice Dharmendra Nepali a good amount of money.
“The night before the murder, he let the two men into his house and hid them there. The next morning after he left for work and his son had gone off to school, the duo attacked Chandra.
Bhandari then returned home in the afternoon to help the duo escape,” Kamlakar said.
Though there were reports that Bhandari killed his wife to claim the insurance money, the police said that they haven’t been able to confirm this yet.
Police also said that Bhandari was a drug addict and had a poor memory.
He had a habit of writing everything down. He even gave written instructions to the other two accused on how to carry out the murder.
The police have recovered these notes and also seized valuables worth Rs 4, 17,300.
The police have also managed to detain the other killer, Dharmendra Nepali, and will soon arrest him.
The other two accused – Bhandari and Pavle – have been remanded in police custody till September 27.