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Gurugram man who killed wife with dupatta says suspected her of infidelity

Police said that the accused, who had surrendered before the police on Friday after sleeping beside his wife’s decomposing body for over 36 hours, claimed that an argument ensued between the couple as she served him a meal with insufficient salt.

gurgaon Updated: Jul 30, 2018 10:26 IST
Pavneet Singh Chadha
Pavneet Singh Chadha
Hindustan Time, Gurugram
Dowry death,Crimes in Gurugram,Gurugram
The rented room in Saraswati Enclave where 24-year-old Manjit allegedly strangled his wife to death. The victim’s family had claimed that he had been harassing her for dowry(Yogesh Kumar/HT Photo)

Two days after a 24-year-old man was arrested for allegedly strangling his wife to death with her dupatta, the police said that the accused, Manjit, claimed to have killed her as he suspected her of having an extra marital affair.

Assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Joginder Hooda, the investigating officer in the case, said that the man, in his statement, said that he committed the crime after suspecting his wife of infidelity.

“He suspected his wife to be in an extra marital affair and he allegedly killed her on Wednesday night after a dispute over her cooking,” Hooda said.

Police said that Manjit, who had surrendered before the police on Friday morning after sleeping beside his wife’s decomposing body for over 36 hours, claimed that an argument ensued between the couple as she served him a meal with insufficient salt.

Earlier, the victim’s family had alleged that the accused had been harassing her over unfulfilled demands for dowry since they had got married in December 2017.

The victim’s father, Jaipal, on Sunday alleged that his daughter had called them on their landline number around 7pm, hours before her death, and informed them about some provident fund (PF) money that her husband had received.

“Manjit had borrowed Rs 8,000 from me some time back. My daughter called to inform that I should ask him to repay that amount now, as he had received PF money from an earlier job settlement,” Jaipal said, adding that the accused had been harassing her for dowry for a long time.

Jaipal said that even on Friday morning, half-an-hour before Manjit called the police on their emergency number, he called the former, but he disconnected within seconds saying he dialled by mistake.

ASI Hooda said that the accused slept on a bed beside his wife’s body for two nights in their tiny one-room accommodation in Saraswati enclave, Sector 10 and only informed the police after he feared being exposed due to foul stench emanating from the body.

On Sunday, Bhrigu, a Bihar native who lives in a rented a room adjacent to the couple’s, said that since most of the tenants were migrant labourers, working in shifts, no one was aware of the incident on the night.

“I came to know of the incident only once the police arrived,” he said.

Earlier, a case was registered at Sector 10 police station under sections 304B (dowry death), 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC against the accused and four of his family members

First Published: Jul 30, 2018 10:26 IST