KOLKATA: A 41-year-old Behala resident strangled his 28-year-old wife around 1 am on Thursday, covered the body, finished household chores, woke up early in the morning, prepared breakfast for their daughter and son and sent them for their tuition before dialling 100 around 9.30 am and confessing to the crime.
Kartick Das told the police he would be waiting for them at home, a rented accommodation located near Mahabirtala and New Alipore.By the time police reached the house, Das had packed the children’s belongings and called up his mother-in-law to pick them up from their classes later.
When police arrived, they found Kartick sitting calmly beside the body of his wife, Samapti. Questioned by the cops, he again said that he had killed her.
According to police, Kartick ran a small grocery shop and a meat shop. The couple would often have fights over his suspicion of her having an extra-marital affair. They had a fight late on Wednesday, too, and in a fit of rage, Kartick strangled Samapti, police said. He claimed he had told the children that their mother had suddenly fallen ill and that she was sleeping.
Though Kartick told police he had called his mother-in-law to pick up the kids from their tuition, police suspect he himself might have dropped them off at their grandmother’s home. “We are also probing if the accused had sent away the children to some other place before attacking his wife,” said an officer. “We will check if he had destroyed any evidence at night, before calling police,” said an officer.
“ASI Amal Ghosh from the Lalbazar control room alerted us about a murder at a rented apartment in Behala. When we reached the address, we found Kartick had strangled his wife. We sent the body to hospital and arrested the accused. A murder case has been registered,” said DC (Behala) Saumya Roy.
A relative of Samapti told TOI Kartick would often torture his wife, leading to some of them to intervene.
“We will record the statements of neighbours and the landlord,” said a senior officer.

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