A man allegedly got his wife killed at their home in Jhansi only because she refused to reveal the pattern lock code installed on her smartphone. The woman, Poonam Verma, was strangled by her husband Vineet Kumar Diwakar’s friends on the night of August 29. The issue came to light when her four-year-old daughter raised an alarm after seeing the dead body the next day. Police registered a FIR and interrogated Vineet who tried to defend himself by saying that he was in Kanpur on a business trip at the time of the crime. Read the complete report here.
The police zeroed in on Vineet despite his pleas that he was innocent and his call details were scanned. According to Jhansi SP Dinesh Kumar Singh, after sustained interrogation, he broke down on Wednesday and confessed to his crime. Vineet told police that both he and Poonam belonged to Kanpur. The couple moved to Jhansi where Vineet picked up a job and had to move frequently between Kanpur and Jhansi.
According to the FIR, Vineet told the Police that Poonam’s behavior changed after she bought a smartphone last month. “She started neglecting me and our four-year-old child. She even installed a pattern lock on her phone so that nobody could open it” said Vineet.
Doubting her fidelity, Vineet decided to put an end to this matter and offered Rs 80,000 to his friends Laxman and Kamal for killing her. According to the sources, On August 29, he called her up from Kanpur, saying two of his friends would come home and that she should hand over his personal computer to them. The friends arrived at the house late evening and strangled Poonam. They ransacked the house and took away all the jewelry, to make it look like a case of robbery.