BANGALORE: Three days after the torso of a 35-year-old man was found, Bangalore police have nabbed a couple for the grisly murder.
They are still searching for the head and the hands of the victim, identified as Samiulla alias Chanu, a lorry driver from Tamil Nadu.
The police have arrested Reshma (30), a garment factory worker, and Mukthiyar (45), an electrician, for the murder.
Samiulla and Reshma had an illicit affair for about 10 years, and Reshma ended the relationship after Mukthiyar found out about it, police said.
Samiulla, however, was not willing to let go easily. Using the money he had lent Reshma as an excuse, he visited her frequently, despite her protests.
On Friday, he called Reshma to say he would visit her, not knowing it would be his last day, police said.
After allegedly hatching a plot with her husband, Reshma met Samiulla at her house in Mangammangudi in the evening.Unaware that Muktiyar was lurking nearby, Samiulla took off his clothes. Mukthiyar approached him from behind and allegedly strangled him.
The incident took place at the couple’s house on the third floor.Realising that disposing of the body would be a problem, Mukhtiyar and Reshma dragged it to their toilet. There, Muktiyaar cut off Samiulla’s legs, and separated the head using a hacksaw blade, police said.
Muktiyaar then went out and bought blue plastic covers, of the kind used in the market area, and packed the limbs, torso and head separately.
Reshma and Mukthiyar hired an auto and flung out the bags at different points in the city.
They disposed of the head near Goripalya, the hand near Kanakapura Road, the torso near a lodge and the legs near Kalasipalyam bus stop.
Reshma and Muktiyar wore burqas so that they were not easily identified, police said.
The police are yet to find out if the auto driver was aware of what the couple was doing.
The mobile phone of Samiulla, police said, showed that he had made his last calls to Reshma.
How the Case Was Cracked
At around 9.30 pm on Friday (October 30), a passerby noticed dogs pulling apart Samiulla’s torso. Later that night, police found Samiulla’s legs near the Kalasipalyam bus stop. The only clues they had were that the victim was Muslim, about 30-35, and had a prominent stitch mark on his leg.Using these clues, they placed notices in English, Hindi, Kannada and Urdu newspapers.Samiulla’s wife Tahseen and her younger brother, who saw the notices, approached the police and identified the body. Tahseen told the police Samiulla had informed her he was going to Bangalore to see a relative.