A bank manager caught dumping the body parts of a woman and her five-year-old daughter in the Hooghly river has confessed to murdering them, West Bengal police said on Sunday.
Police said that during interrogation, Samaresh Sarkar confessed that he murdered the woman Sucheta Chakraborty (34), with whom he had an illicit relationship, because she was pressurising him for marriage.
“During interrogation, he confessed that he had his back to the wall and was forced to take this step,” said a senior officer with the Hooghly Police.
On Saturday morning, Sarkar was caught by fellow passengers on a boat from Sheorafuly to Barrackpore while dropping four suitcases in the river. He initially claimed the bags contained waste materials, but later broke down in custody and confessed to the murder .
Post mortem examination revealed that Sucheta's throat was slit with a sharp weapon before her body chopped up and stuffed into the bags.
Police said the statements given by Sarkar and Sucheta's husband, Srutidhar Mukherjee, seemed to suggest that Sucheta left her family because of her love for a life of luxury.
"Since the bank manager earns a big salary, she thought she could live a good life if she could get him to marry her," said the officer.
Mukherjee told the police that she used to pick fights with him often and would go and stay at her father's place in Durgapur taking their daughter along.
Over the last six months she told him not to visit them as she was getting married soon, he told the police.
Police also said that Sarkar’s wife had suspected that he was having an extramarital relationship, but he evaded her questions.
“His wife said she noticed her husband talking and texting a woman. But despite her repeated enquiries, he would not divulge anything,” said the officer.
Sarkar was produced in court on Sunday and remanded to police custody for 12 days. His wife and two children did not turn up at the court to meet him.