Police in Kottayam district have arrested a 43-year-old man suspected of being involved in the death of his wife who had mysteriously gone missing four years ago.
Police now suspect that the accused, Pradeep Kumar may have administered sleeping pills to his wife Anjali (31) and pushed her off a cliff into a gorge.
A case had been registered with regard to Anjali’s disappearance in October 2009 at the police station in Chingavanam near Changanacherry in Kottayam district, but investigations made yielded no results and Kumar went abroad after that.
Anjali’s disappearance was particularly mysterious because she had been bedridden following a bike accident when she was riding pillion with Kumar in February 2009.
The case was reportedly reopened after some of Anjali’s relatives suspected foul play in her disappearance. According to reports, further police investigations revealed that Kumar went on to marry two more times, and that one of his new wives had complained of abuse by her husband.
Anjali had been working abroad as a nurse when Kumar met her and married her. The couple had a daughter, before the family returned to Kerala. Then came the bike accident that seriously crippled Anjali.
Kumar second marriage, in 2009, took place while Anjali was alive. He went on to marry a third time the following year. He has a son from the second marriage.
After her disappearance, Kumar had told police that Anjali went missing when he and his mother were not at home. Police now suspect that he had taken his wife out, drugged her and pushed her into a gorge in Vagamon, a famous tourist spot in the state.
Earlier, police had made a thorough search of Kumar’s house, including its toilet tank, on suspicion that Anjali may have been murdered. Police are likely to summon Kumar’s parents who are now in the US, for questioning.