The Pune police crime branch arrested Dhaktode, Aayodya Vaidya’s(in picture) boyfriend, from Kalepadal area in Hadapsar.(HT PHOTO)
The Pune police crime branch arrested Dhaktode, Aayodya Vaidya’s(in picture) boyfriend, from Kalepadal area in Hadapsar.(HT PHOTO)

Pune horror: Married hairdresser confesses to stabbing, burning lover to death

The deceased woman, who was married twice earlier, worked in a private plastic company in the city.
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2018 02:34 PM IST

A woman, whose body was found cut up in parts near Patil Vasti in Lohegaon, was allegedly killed by her hairdresser boyfriend, who was arrested late on Sunday night. The deceased has been identified as Aayodya Vaidya, 25, while her boyfriend, Balaji, alias Guruji Vaijyanath Dhaktode, 27, a resident of Munjaba Vasti in Vishrantwadi, worked in a unisex hair salon where the two first met, police said.  

Dhaktode’s friend, who is a co-accused in the murder, identified as Aniket Sunil Khandagle, 27, a resident of Siddharthnagar, Lohegaon, is still at large. Khandagle has a six criminal cases registered against him in the city, including house break-ins and robbery, according to Bhanupratap Barge, assistant commissioner of police, Crime-2.

Unit 5 of Pune police crime branch arrested Dhaktode from Kalepadal area in Hadapsar, Pune.  

Dhaktode confessed that him, the woman and his friend went to an empty spot, drank alcohol and later, he stabbed her in the back and chest, before setting her body on fire and fleeing the spot. The three travelled on a black Activa, registered in the name of a man identified as Vikas Rajabhau Lade. 

Dhaktode then called his wife and told her that he had done something terrible before asking her to leave their house and go to his native place in Beed. "The role of his wife is being investigated," said ACP Barge.  

The deceased woman, who was married twice earlier, worked in a private plastic company in the city. The two were in a relationship for the past year and a half.  

"The body was 80 per cent burnt. The only intact part of her body was her right hand, with a kada and a watch. We searched for that name and found the picture of a woman on Facebook with the same tattoo and marks," said Pankaj Dahane, deputy commissioner of police, crime.  

Aayodya’s body was found by a passerby, with her right leg found at a distance from her body. The local police said that the mutilation may have been caused by stray dogs in the area.

The two men have been booked under Section 302 (murder) and 201 (destruction of evidence) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Vimantal police station.

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