Uttar Pradesh: Man held for killing wife, cutting body into pieces in Sitapur | Lucknow News – Times of India


LUCKNOW: Sitapur police on Tuesday claimed to have solved the mystery behind the dismembered body of a woman found on November 8 after arresting her husband, who allegedly strangled her and cut her body into pieces before disposing of it in a field with the help of a friend. His friend has also been arrested.
Police say that the accused, Pankaj Maurya (46), has confessed to his crime. He was married to Jyoti (38) of Barabanki for 10 years. For the past three months, he started suspecting Jyoti of infidelity and planned to eliminate her, police say.
Superintendent of police, Sitapur, G Sushil Chandrabhan told TOI that body parts of a woman, which were later identified as that of Jyoti, were recovered from a field in Gulheria village under the Rampur Kalan police station on November 8.
“On the information of villagers, the police recovered the woman’s torso, right hand and legs from the field,” the officer said and added that a team of forensic experts was called. “They told us that the body parts were of a woman, but we had to ascertain her identity,” he said.
A few days later, when a disfigured face of a woman was recovered, the police called experts to make a sketch, copies of which were distributed in Barabanki, Sitapur, Hardoi, Rae Bareli, Lucknow and Sultanpur to ascertain the woman’s identity. “After some days, one Malti Singh of Barabanki, who claimed to be the mother of the deceased, contacted us. When we showed her clothes recovered from the body, she immediately identified them as that of her daughter Jyoti,” said Yadhvendra Yadav, CO, Sidhauli. He added that after the woman’s identity was ascertained, we traced her husband Pankaj on November 20, who was missing since November 15.”
When Pankaj was asked about her wife’s whereabouts, he could not give any valid reason for her disappearance. But he gave in during interrogation. “On Tuesday, a police team raided his house and recovered blood stained clothes and a sharp-edged knife after which he was formally arrested,” the CO said.
Pankaj told the police that he worked at a medical store and used to return home late at night. “I got to know from neighbours that Jyoti was often spotted with men and had also started taking drugs. I tried to reach out to her family, but they, too, were helpless,”
Pankaj said, adding that on the night of November 8, after an argument he killed Jyoti and hacked her body in several pieces with the help of his friend Dujan Pasi. The body parts were dumped in a field about seven-km away from home. Pankaj had sent his two daughters and son to his uncle’s place before executing the crime.





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