Based on descriptions provided by hotel staff and courier company workers, police have zeroed in on a married woman, Manju Chandra, as the key suspect in the sensational murder of Dr Satish Chandra at the tourist bungalow in Rania, Kanpur Dehat, on Sunday noon.
Police teams have been dispatched to various locations in Kanpur and Kanpur Dehat to arrest the woman. The cops are also trying to obtain her picture.
Senior government doctor Chandra was found brutally murdered with his genitals chopped off. Later, an attempt was made to courier the chopped body parts to Dr Chandra's wife.
A police official, pleading anonymity, said hotel attendants, who last saw Dr Chandra with the woman, described the lady as short with a wheatish complexion, scars on her face and big eyes.
Sketches based on this account matched the description of Manju Chandra provided by the murdered doctor's wife and colleagues.
Confirming that Manju was the prime suspect, Kanpur Dehat superintendent of police Kripa Shankar Singh said she had come in contact with Dr Chandra a few years ago when she worked as part of the nursing staff at his clinic in Barra-7.
During the one-and-a-half years they worked together, Dr Chandra established a physical relationship with the woman after promising to marry her, the SP said.
Eventually, Manju started pressurising the doctor for marriage, but his wife Soni threatened to file an FIR against him if he did so. The doctor therefore refused. Manju got married a year ago.
Police sources said Soni had confirmed her husband had had an extramarital affair with the woman.
Meanwhile, a police team and Special Operations Group (SOG) raided Manju's parental house in Barra-6 but could not find her. SOG in-charge Devendra Dwivedi said, "We are trying to get information about Manju's husband and trace his whereabouts."
Police officials said, according to the hotel staff, the doctor was seen in the company of several women.