The Delhi Police has arrested a 32-year-old mechanical engineer, Rahul Kumar Mishra, and a 33-year-old woman named Padma Tiwari for allegedly killing the former's wife, Pooja Rai (26), in Southwest Delhi's Kishangarh on March 16.
Rahul was having an affair with Padma, said police. DCP (Southwest) Devender Arya confirmed their arrest in the case. Rahul reportedly works with an MNC in Gurugram.
Fake suicide note planted by the accused: Police
"On March 16, we were informed by Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj that one Pooja Rai had been brought in by her husband. An inquiry was initiated after she died," DCP Arya said. He added that police also found a suicide note "planted" by the accused.
Pooja was strangled; doctors also found injury marks
A panel comprising three doctors at Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital had conducted Pooja's postmortem on 18 March.
"We received her autopsy report on April 27, and the surgeon opined the cause of death as homicidal. A team led by ACP Ishwar Singh started a probe," DCP Arya said.
Pooja was reportedly strangled; there were injury marks present on her occipital bone too.
Confronted Rahul, Padma with discrepancies in their statements: DCP Arya
The police questioned Pooja's domestic help after which they learned that Padma had come to meet the victim on 16 March. "On May 1, we started questioning Rahul and Padma and confronted them with discrepancies in their statements. They eventually confessed," Arya said.
Rahul, Padma wanted to get married but families didn't allow
Rahul and Padma told the cops that they studied together in school and were also in a relationship.
Though they eventually lost touch, they met in 2015 again, after their friend added them to a school WhatsApp group.
"They wanted to get married, but their families were against it, citing different castes," a senior police officer said.
Rahul asked Pooja to take Padma's help for MNC job
"They (Rahul and Padma) continued their relationship but Rahul's marriage was fixed to Pooja in January 2017. On April 23 that year, they got married," the officer said.
Last year, Rahul asked Pooja to take Padma's help to secure an MNC job.
During her conversations, Pooja taunted Padma about her past relationship with Rahul after which the duo planned to get rid of Pooja.
Padma spiked Pooja's drink with sedatives on 16 March: Arya
Padma came to meet Pooja on 16 March with two juice packets.
"She had breakfast with Pooja... After the domestic-help left, Padma asked for water...when Pooja was out of the room, she laced her glass with sedatives," Arya said.
"Pooja started vomiting and tried to leave the house, but Padma allegedly overpowered and strangled her. She then left a fake suicide-note behind," he added.