A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a woman whose dismembered body was found in a well here, officials said on Sunday.
Prince Yadav was shot dead in a shootout with police on Sunday when he was rushed to the scene to retrieve the woman’s head, police said in a statement.
According to the police, Yadav, who was arrested on Saturday, hid a country-made pistol at the spot and used it against the police in an attempt to escape from their custody.
The incident came to light on November 15 after some local people found a body in a well located outside the western village.
The body of the woman, later identified as Aradhana, was found in a half-naked state, and appeared to be two to three days old, Superintendent of Police (Azamgarh) Anurag Arya said earlier.
The incident comes in the wake of a similar report in Delhi where a 28-year-old man strangled his live-in partner and found her body chopped into 35 pieces which he kept in a 300 liter fridge for nearly three weeks. Residence for several days before dumping them across the city.
Yadav, with the help of her parents, cousin Sarvesh and other family members, planned to kill Aradhana, who was in her mid-20s, as she had married someone else instead of him.
He lived in Ishaq Pur village of Azamgarh district.
It has so far come to light that Yadav had an affair with the victim, who got married to another man earlier this year.
Yadav took Aradhana to the temple on a bike on November 9.
On reaching there, he strangled him to death in the sugarcane field with the help of Sarvesh. According to the police, two men cut his body into six parts and put it in a polythene bag and dumped it in a well.
They throw the head in a pond some distance away.
Police have so far recovered a sharp weapon, a country pistol and a cartridge in the case.
Sarvesh, Pramila Yadav, Suman, Rajaram, Kalavati, Manju, Sheela, who allegedly helped Yadav in the crime, are still absconding.
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