Man chops spouse of “drug addict” into 10 items on suspicion of infidelity

Happiness: In a repeat of the murder of Shraddha Walkar, a 46-year-old man allegedly killed his drug-addicted wife in UP’s Sitapur and dismembered her body into 10 pieces. According to the police, the accused also suspected his wife of infidelity.

Defendant Pankaj Maurya confessed to the crime after 14 days when police officers found the severed head of her wife Jyoti (38) and the murder weapon. The two had been married for 10 years.

Police said Maurya had begun suspecting Jyoti of infidelity nearly three months ago since she started hanging out with a nasty group of men to buy drugs. Maurya claimed he chose to kill her.

The incident came to light on November 8 when police recovered severed body parts of a woman stuffed in a sack in the woods of the village of Gulheria.

G. Sushil Chandrabhan, Superintendent of Sitapur Police, told the media that police recovered the woman’s torso, right hand and legs.

A team of forensic experts was later called. “They told us the body parts were from a woman, but we needed to establish her identity,” Chandrabhan said.

The blind murder caused a great uproar in the village. While police searched for the head to establish identity, local activists and the media called for a swift investigation.

A few days later, police found a woman’s disfigured head. The police had enlisted the help of experts to draw up a sketch based on the data found, copies of which were distributed in Barabanki, Sitapur, Hardoi, Rae Bareli, Lucknow and Sultanpur in order to establish the woman’s identity.

However, nothing helped police officers identify the body until a Malti Singh from Barabanki, who claimed to be the mother of the deceased, contacted police.

“When we showed her clothes recovered from the body, she immediately identified them as those of her daughter Jyoti,” said Yadhvendra Yadav, CO, Sidhauli.

Once the identity was established, police began searching for Pankaj, who has been missing since November 15, reports said.

On November 20, the police found Pankaj and asked the whereabouts of his wife, to which he was unable to give a satisfactory answer.

“On Tuesday, a police team searched his home and found blood-stained clothing and a sharp-edged knife, after which he was formally arrested,” the CO said.

Pankaj told police that he works at a medical supply store and comes home late at night. “I learned from neighbors that Jyoti was often seen with men and had also started using drugs. I tried to reach 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 into several pieces with the help of his friend Dujan Pasi. The body parts were dumped in a field about seven kilometers from their home. Pankaj had sent his two daughters and son to his uncle before carrying out the crime.

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