She dialed ‘M’ – and ‘B’ – for murder.
Honey Mary, wife of Infosys BPO senior executive Umesh Krishnan — who was smothered to death on March 2 in his sleep — had made a string of phone calls to Muthu Kumar in Gujarat’s Surat and Bipin Kumar Singh in Jharkhand’s Ramgarh.
Initially, it appeared that the murder was committed by robbers, who used adhesive tape to choke Krishnan before fleeing with Rs 4,000 in cash, jewellery worth Rs 35,000 and two mobile phones.
The Bangalore police however suspected another angle and arrested Mary and Bipin, a medical student-turned-contract killer. Shankar Bidari, Commissioner of Police, Bangalore City, said the police cracked the case by studying Mary’s call records. She plotted the murder along with her beau, Muthu Kumar, a Surat-based engineer.
Joint Commissioner (Crime) Alok Kumar said he had suspected “some kind of intimacy” between Mary and Kumar when he discovered that she sent him an sms at 6.25 am on March 1. She insisted it was a merely “Good Morning” message to a friend.
Bidari said one of Muthu Kumar’s colleagues put them in touch with Chand Kumar, a correspondent with a television news network in Jharkhand, to hire a killer. They found Bipin and assigned him at a fee of Rs 30,000.
The breakthrough came when Bipin activated one of Krishnan’s two mobile phones in Ramgarh.
Mary accepted her guilt only after being confronted with Bipin’s confession. However, Muthu Kumar and his colleague Chanchal Kumar fled Surat after Bipin’s arrest.
Krishnan and Honey Mary, both from Erode district of Tamil Nadu, got married in October 2008. But Mary was forced into marrying Krishnan and kept in touch with Muthu.
The duo fell in love in Coimbatore in 2006 where she attended a post-graduate course, while Kumar was a student of engineering.
They had planned to migrate overseas after getting rid of Krishnan.
Mary and Bipin will be produced in a court on Wednesday.