Bangalore: A senior employee of Infosys Technologies Ltd has confessed to murdering his wife, a Delhi Public School teacher, on Tuesday, police said on Saturday.
Satish Kumar Gupta, a senior manager in the IT bellwether’s human resource department, was arrested late on Friday. “He has admitted to murdering Priyanka after sustained questioning by us. There were discrepancies in his statements over the sequence of events and the details of the mobile calls he received and made,” said a police officer investigating the case.
“Though Satish has said he eliminated her because she was not treating his parents well, we are probing the dowry angle also,” the officer said.
He has been sent to police custody by a magistrate.
The couple, hailing from Lucknow and married for four years, had shifted to a rented house in Hulimavu in south Bangalore from his parent’s house in the same locality about six months back, police said. They had no children.
Priyanka was found dead in her flat early on Tuesday, with her throat slit and hands and legs tied.
In a statement on the day of the murder Satish had told the police that when he went for a morning walk at around 5.40 am, his wife called him on his mobile to check if he had asked anyone to supply newspapers, as two unidentified people were standing at the door telling he had sent them to the house and to open the door.
“I told her that I did not send anyone and that she should not open the door but carry on with her yoga session. When I returned at 6.40 am, I found the door locked and there was no response to the door bell or her mobile. I thought she would have gone back to sleep. Then I went to office to bring the duplicate keys and was shocked to find her dead on entering the house,” Satish, 32, said in a statement to police.
City Joint Police Commissioner (crime) Alok Kumar had said after visiting the second floor rented house of the couple, “We are not clear why Gupta didn’t inform the police immediately or enquired from neighbours about the crime.”
“How could the main door have remained locked and her throat slit? How and from where did the assailants enter the house?” Kumar said.
Satish had told the police that gold, jewellery and some other valuables worth Rs.2.5 lakh were missing from the house though a gold chain around Priyanka’s neck and a gold ring on her finger were intact on her body.