“The body was 90 per cent burnt."
An Indian man has been caught carrying a suitcase with his deceased wife’s burnt remains inside.
The victim, 27-year-old software engineer Bhuvaneshwari, was first reported missing by her family.
The accused, 30-year-old Srikanth Reddy of Andhra Pradesh, told the family she died in hospital of Covid-19 and the hospital cremated her.
The family visited several hospitals and morgues since, hoping to find her.
However, shortly after, CCTV footage emerged showing Reddy handling a large suitcase, in which police found Bhuvaneshwari’s charred body.
The body was recovered on June 23, 2021.
Her disappearance is now a murder investigation, and Reddy is the prime suspect.
The recovered CCTV shows Srikanth Reddy wheeling a large red suitcase into an apartment complex. He is carrying his 18-month-old daughter in his other hand.
He then wheels it out a short time later. According to reports, the bag looked heavier.
Speaking of the recovery of the body, Tirupati Urban Police Chief Ramesh Reddy said:
“The body was 90 per cent burnt. Srikanth bought a big suitcase at Reliance Mart and that is suspected to have been used for the purpose of packing the body.
“He later tried to burn the suitcase.”
CCTV footage also shows Reddy in a taxi, moving around the hospital compound where the body was dumped.
Police picked up the taxi driver, and he confessed to helping Reddy dispose of his wife’s body.
Reddy allegedly left the body inside the suitcase, set it on fire with petrol and fled.
According to the police, samples of Bhuvaneshwari’s body have now been sent for forensic examination. They said that every part of the corpse was burnt “except some bones and the skull”.
Police are charging Srikanth Reddy with murder and destruction of evidence, and a manhunt is underway to find him.
Alipiri Circle Inspector Devendra Kumar said:
“We have launched the manhunt for Srikanth Reddy, who has been absconding since the incident happened.”
“We are yet to gather complete details about him.”
According to reports, Bhuvaneshwari worked in Hyderabad as a software engineer, but was working from home due to Covid-19.
Srikanth Reddy became unemployed during the pandemic and is said to be battling depression as a result.
Reddy and Bhuvaneshwari were married for over two years prior to her death and allegedly argued frequently.
A police offer said: “He might have killed Bhuvaneshwari in a fit of rage during an argument.”