Hyderabad: The e-challans issued to the owner of a two-wheeler, which was used in the crime, provided vital clues to the police in cracking the grisly murder of a pregnant woman whose chopped body parts were found stuffed in two bags at Botanical Garden under Gachibowli police station limits on January 30. In this case, the vehicle owner had lent his vehicle to one of the alleged culprits who had disposed of the body parts of deceased woman, along with his mother.
The Cyberabad police, who made strenuous efforts to crack the case after tracking the vehicle number, found that two e-challans were issued in Hafeezpet, including one with a photograph. They found that the vehicle belonged to a native of Odisha, Sidhartha Bardhan, who is working as a floor manager in a bar. During the investigation, Bardhan told the police that a few days ago he had lent the vehicle to one Amarkanth Jha, 21, a co-worker. This prompted the police to rounding up of the entire Jha family, who were residing in Siddique Nagar and cracked the case. Three of the family were arrested, while the paramour of deceased is still at large.
Earlier, on the intervening night of February 10 and 11, door-to-door search operations were undertaken by the police. The police had searched 1,500 households to trace the vehicle used in the crime, but in vain. “We could secure a CCTV footage, which clearly showed the vehicle registration number. The footage also showed that the suspect, who was found driving the vehicle, was a baldhead,” said Cyberabad Police Commissioner, Sandeep Shandilya.
Deceased woman, a victim to love
The victim, Bingee alias Pinkee, a native of Bihar, got married to Dinesh, a native of UP. After separating from her husband, she developed an affair with Vikas Kashyap, 35, the prime suspect, and paramour of deceased. About eight months ago, Vikas came to Hyderabad for livelihood, leaving Bingee behind. To his surprise Bingee arrived in city about 45 days ago prior to her murder, along with her son Jathin. Vikas was residing in the house of accused Amarkanth Jha and his parents Anil Jha and Mamatha Jha. The entire family was displeased with her visit and differences grew.
Police investigation found that Vikas, during Bingee's absence, had developed an affair with Mamatha and they both hatched a plot to murder Bingee. On the night of January 27, Mamatha and Vikas picked up a quarrel with the deceased and Mamatha held her neck forcefully and pushed her to the wall. Being 8 month pregnant, she collapsed. “All the accused, including Mamatha’s husband, and son kicked her indiscriminately, which resulted in her death. Thereafter they kept the dead body in their house for a day,” said Cyberabad Commissioner, Sandeep Shandilya.
On January 28, Amarkanth bought one electrical cutting machine and they also collected gunny bags and other bags. They put the body in bathroom, where Vikas and Amarkanth cut the body into pieces with the cutting machine, wrapped the body pieces in plastic polythene covers and stuffed the body pieces in two bags. On the early hours of January 29, Mamatha and Amarkanth dumped the bags opposite Palapitta Cycle Park near Botanical Garden, Sriramnagar.