Delhi man strangles wife to death over extramarital affair, tells family she was electrocuted

Navin was arrested after a man at the crematorium called the police on suspecting foul play

delhi Updated: Jul 23, 2018 09:20 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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The dead woman's body. (Getty Images/iStockphoto Representative Photo)

The Delhi Police on Sunday arrested a 26-year-old man for allegedly strangulating his wife and then trying to cremate her body by trying to pass the death off as having been caused by electrocution.

The incident was reported from outer Delhi’s Sultanpuri area, the police said.

Police said the accused, identified by just his first name Navin, worked in a jeans manufacturing factory and had killed his wife after suspecting her of having an extramarital affair.

Navin was arrested after a man at the crematorium called the police on suspecting foul play, said Seju P Kuruvilla, deputy commissioner of police (outer).

“The accused suspected his wife of having an extramarital affair and often fought with her. On Friday morning too, he quarrelled with his wife over the same issue,” said Kuruvilla.

Around 9.30 am on Friday, when the couple’s daughter was away at school, Navin allegedly strangulated his wife to death. “He then went to work at his factory for a while, before returning home and announcing the death of his wife,” said the DCP.

Navin allegedly told his relatives that his wife had died of electrocution. The cremation was to be performed on Saturday noon at Sultanpur Majra.

Police said that a person, who was present at the crematorium, around found the strangulation marks around the woman’s neck unusual and her husband’s behaviour suspicious.

He called the police at 12.50 pm and a team reached the spot to find much of the body burnt already. They doused the flames and collected the bones and whatever parts remained for examination.

“We questioned Navin and he tried to mislead us initially but broke down later under sustained interrogation,” said the DCP.

First Published: Jul 23, 2018 09:19 IST