Mumbai murder: Man kills live-in partner, chops up body and stays with parts in home
Decomposing body parts found in the 56-year-old man's house led to suspicion the murder may have been committed at least two days earlier, police said.
A 56-year-old man was arrested Wednesday evening for allegedly killing his live-in partner and chopping her body into pieces at his rented apartment on Mumbai's Mira Road. Decomposing body parts found in his house led to suspicions the murder may have been committed two-three days ago, an officer from Nayanagar Police Station said, adding, "It appears the accused had been living with the body parts all these days."
The accused - identified as Manoj Sahani - was staying with Saraswati Vaidya, 32, at an apartment building in Geeta Nagar Phase 7 for the past three years.
Around 7pm on Wednesday, the Nayanagar PS received a call from residents who complained of a foul smell from the couple's flat. On reaching the building and entering the flat, the police found the woman’s body parts.
Sahani was immediately taken into custody. Jayant Bajbale, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 1), said, "We have arrested Sahani and are investigating to find out the motive behind the murder and how he executed it."
"We believe that Sahani cut the woman’s body into pieces so as to make it easy for him to dispose them of," Bajbale added.
An officer attached to the Nayanagar Police Station said some body parts are missing and that they suspect the accused had dumped them somewhere.
Police are in the process of registering an FIR against Sahani - for murder and destruction of evidence. A forensic team has also been called to collect samples and evidence from the flat.
Residents of the building told police the couple did not mingle with them. The door of their flat does not have a name plate and it is registered in the name of Sonam Builders, police officers said.