BENGALURU: Suspecting his wife of having an illicit relationship, a man strangled her and later went to a media house to narrate the incident.
The deceased is Jyothi (32), wife of Nagaraj (38), who works as an electrical contractor. The couple were married for 11 years and were living in Chamarajpet with their three children.
According to police, Nagaraj suspected his wife was having an illicit affair and the two quarrelled frequently over it. Last month, Nagaraj is said to have laced food with poison and fed his family before consuming it himself. Alert neighbours who came to know about it admitted them to a hospital. The older daughter, who was critical, was discharged from hospital only on Thursday.
Nagaraj left his daughter at his sister’s house in Shankarpuram and at 3.30 pm drove his wife in his car to M N Krishna Rao Park next to the Basavangudi police station.
The two began to quarrel there and during a heated argument, Nagaraj hit Jyothi with an iron rod and strangulated her with her duppatta.
He informed the Basavangudi police about the incident over phone and switched off his mobile. By the time the police arrived, Nagaraj had left.
Leaving his car near the park, Nagaraj went to the office of a TV channel on Richmond Road in an autorickshaw and informed the staff about the incident. Noticing his blood-stained shirt, the staff informed police, who took him into custody. The accused was taken to the scene of the crime, where Jyothi’s body was found lying in the back seat of the car.
The couple had also incurred losses in a chit fund business, police said.