A man and his mother were killed, cut into pieces, packed in polythene bags and dumped in gorges of neighbouring Meghalaya allegedly by his wife and her two “close friends”, police said on Monday.
The murders happened in July and August last year, and few parts of the mother’s body were recovered on Sunday near Cherrapunji in Khasi Hills.
The woman, Vandana Kalita, was in an extramarital affair.
The police said that three days after killing her husband Amarjyoti Dey and mother-in-law Shankari Dey, Vandana Kalita and her lover took the body parts to neighbouring Meghalaya’s Cherrapunji, some 150 km from Guwahati.
“The first murder of the mother-in-law happened on July 26, while the husband was killed on August 17. We have arrested all the three accused and they are being interrogated now,” Guwahati Police Commissioner Diganta Barah told PTI.
He said the wife and one of her accomplices were arrested in Guwahati, while the third accused was nabbed in Tinsukia district.
There, the two dumped the body parts. The police have found them.
“Vandana Kalita led a police team from Assam to the spot in Cherrapunji in Meghalaya, where she and her lover dumped the mother and her son’s body parts,” a police officer said.
“Vandana killed them before chopping the bodies into pieces. She then stored the body parts inside a fridge,” the officer said.
The Assam case has chilling parallels to the murder of Shraddha Walkar by her boyfriend Aaftab Poonawala in Delhi last year. Her body was also chopped up and stored inside a fridge. More recently, another woman, Nikki Yadav, was killed by her partner Sahil Gehlot and her body was stored inside a fridge at his restaurant in Delhi.