The body of a 35-year-old woman was fished out from a canal near here on Wednesday. Police said that victim Ruchi was strangled to death by her share broker husband Manish Wasan at their residence in Part II extension of Sector 8 here on Saturday and the body was secretly kept for three days on the first-floor of their house.
Sadar station house officer (SHO) Lalit Singh said that the case came to light when neighbours informed the police about foul smell emanating from the Wasans' house.
"Police conducted a search at their house on Tuesday night and felt a strong stench there. During questioning, Wasan admitted of killing Ruchi and throwing the body in the canal near Kaithal bridge, located on the outskirts of the city, on Tuesday," said the SHO while adding that due to low water level, the body was fished out nearly 1.5 km from the bridge.
Wasan's parents occupy the ground floor portion of the house while he lives with his family, including a 12-year-old daughter, on the first floor.
But no one from the family approached the police about the murder and the body being kept at the house.
"We are also probing the role of Wasan's parents and others in the crime," said the SHO.
He said that preliminary investigation revealed that Wasan was suffering losses in business and wanted his wife to dispose of her parental property and other valuables to revive his vocation of share brokage.
"We have learnt that Ruch and Wasan got married nearly 17 years ago and had strained martial relations. Ruchi was frequently staying with her parents in New Delhi," the SHO said.