"She confirmed that she helped Prem Kumar dispose of the body."
An Indian man from Kerala has been arrested for killing his wife. His girlfriend was also arrested for assisting him.
It was revealed that Prem Kumar murdered his wife so that he could live an uninterrupted life with his partner Sunitha.
Following the murder in September 2019, the pair made several attempts to cover their tracks.
Kumar and Sunitha managed to evade suspicion for three months before police eventually arrested them.
On September 20, Prem had invited his wife Vidya to a villa in Thiruvananthapuram. After giving her alcohol to a point that she was inebriated, Kumar strangled her to death with the help of his lover.
In the early hours of the next morning, the pair dumped Vidya’s body in a forested area in Vallioor, Tamil Nadu.
Kumar later went to the police station where he claimed that his wife had gone missing.
An officer said: “On September 23, two days after Vidya’s death, Prem filed a missing complaint in the Udayamperur police station.”
Reportedly, Prem had told officers he believed that Vidya had travelled to Goa to visit her son from a previous marriage.
Despite the convincing claim by Kumar, police became suspicious when they traced Vidya’s phone.
They discovered that her phone had been placed into the bin of a long-distance train to give the impression that she was travelling.
Police officers tracked Vidya’s phone to Mangaluru. When questioned, the Indian man admitted putting the phone in the train’s bin.
Kumar and Sunitha had switched the phone on just before placing it into a bin in order to mislead the investigation.
A senior police officer explained:
“Prem Kumar kept Vidya’s phone inside the dustbin of a long-distance train. This was a deliberate plan to mislead us.”
“Prem Kumar has admitted that he has drawn inspiration from the Malayalam movie Drishyam to do this.
“Sunitha has direct involvement in the crime. She is working as a nurse in a hospital in Thiruvanthapuram.
“She confirmed that she helped Prem Kumar dispose of the body.
“Prem Kumar and Sunitha wanted to live together and that is the prime motive behind the crime.”
Prem wanted to live with Sunitha, a woman he knew from school. They had met in 2016 during a school reunion and began an affair.
Within a few months of their illicit relationship, Sunitha left her husband, children and job in Hyderabad and moved to Thiruvananthapuram.
One officer stated: “Vidya had been living in Udayamperoor then and Prem wanted to ‘eliminate’ any obstacle in the way of his new life with Sunitha and decided to murder her.”
The lovers were remanded in custody and Vidya’s body was later recovered.
The suspects were booked under the sections of murder, criminal conspiracy, causing disappearance of evidence of offence, intentional omission to give information of offence, kidnapping or abducting in order to murder and acts committed by several persons in furtherance of common objective of the IPC.