A police officer and his mother have been arrested for the alleged murder of his wife, a teacher, in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said today.
With the two arrests, police claimed to have solved the murder case of 36-year-old Shahnaz Akhter in Keri Gulatta village last week, they said.
The body of the woman with visible injuries was found 100 meters from her home on Aug. 24 and a special investigation team was assembled to investigate her death.
“The blind murder case was resolved within a week with the arrest of the deceased’s husband and mother-in-law,” said Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Mendhar, ZA Jaffri.
He said an 11-strong police team targeted the suspects who allegedly carried out the murder in a well-planned manner and also tampered with the evidence to escape arrest.
Officials identified the arrested husband as Officer Irfan Manhas who is stationed with the Indian Reserve Police Battalion in Srinagar. They said the couple, who married and had three daughters and a son, had a family conflict.
They said the suspect reached his home around midnight on August 24 and allegedly strangled his wife with the active support of his mother. He then left the house to his place of posting after dumping the body to evade suspicion, officials said.
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