A court in Uttarakhand’s capital Dehradun sentenced Delhi software engineer Rajesh Gulati on Friday to life imprisonment for killing and chopping his wife Anupama into 72 pieces in 2010.
Gulati was convicted of murdering his wife and hiding evidence related to the murder by the additional and sessions court in Dehradun on Thursday.
Anupama’s brother Sujan Pradhan filed a missing police complaint with the local police on December 11, 2010. A day later, police interrogated Rajesh who confessed to killing his 33-year-old wife in a fit of anger by slamming her head against the wall on the night of October 17, 2010.
On the night of October 17, 2010, Rajesh had an argument with Anupama after which he killed her in their rented house at Dehradun’s Prakash Nagar area. The 37-year-old Rajesh smothered his wife and then used an electric saw to chop her body.
Anupama believed that Rajesh was involved in an extra-martial affair with a woman from Kolkata and because of this the couple used to fight often. However, during the interrogation Rajesh claimed that his wife had an affair with his friend in the United States and that is why he killed her. Later on, he also admitted that he had married a woman in Kolkata after coming back from US.
On October 17, after another altercation Rajesh smothered Anupama using a pillow.
He then bought polythene bags and an electric saw to cut Anupama’s body into pieces. To hide his crime, he filled up the polythene bags with her body parts and stored them in a deep freezer. Rajesh even lied to the couple’s twins aged four that their mother was in Delhi.
Rajesh then started throwing away these bags, one polythene at a time on the outskirts of the city. The news of the gruesome killing remained hidden till two months. In December 2010, Anupama’s brother Sujan Pradhan visited the couple’s residence after being unable to get in touch with her.
Pradhan filed a missing complaint with the police when Rajesh could not tell him about Anupama’s whereabouts and refused ot let him enter the house.
The Cantonment Police then raided Rajesh’s house and found a locked deep freezer. Pieces of Anupama’s body were recovered from the deep freezer. During the investigation, it was found that Rajesh had thrown pieces of her corpse into a drain on Mussorrie road.