A woman from Madhya Pradesh’s Anuppur district killed her lawyer husband a month ago, buried him in the house and then set up a kitchen above to destroy all evidence of her crime.
32-year-old Pratima Banawal, the accused is a resident of Kotma, some 30 kilometres from the district headquarters and over 500 kilometres from state capital Bhopal.
She even filed a missing person complaint about her husband Mohit, to mislead the police.
“Mohit’s brother Arjun would often ask Pratima about the disappearance of the lawyer. However, she would pick up fights on the issue. The suspicions of Arjun and the people in the vicinity were also aroused as she never allowed them to enter her house, abusing them and behaving very aggressively,” Kotma Sub Divisional Officer of Police K N Prasad said.
“On Thursday, she locked the house and left when people wanted to enter it. They, however, managed to break in and were confronted with a foul odour in the house, after which the police was called in,” Prasad added.
A police team dug up a part of the house, which formed the kitchen, and exhumed Mohit’s body, and sent it for autopsy. The victim was supposedly strangled and buried in the house.