Delhi techie who chopped wife into 72 pieces is never talked of in front of kids
Victim’s brother, who is now raising the children along with his wife, says the struggle of not having a parent shows for the children. They, the uncle said, once asked if they could call him ‘papa’.
INDIA Updated: Sep 01, 2017
The children of Rajesh Gulati, who was sentenced to a life term on Friday for murdering his wife in 2010, never hear of their father.
Since their mother was killed, the two children — a son and a daughter — live with their maternal uncle Sujan Kumar Pradhan and his family.
“We never discuss anything about their father or even about the case with the kids… we’re taking great care to bring them up sensitively and try to keep them away from anything (related to Rajesh) that may impact them,” said Pradhan, who led a seven-year fight for justice for his sister Anupama.
Rajesh, according to his confession to police, killed Anupama on October 17, 2010 by slamming her head against the wall in a fit of rage. The case became infamous after details such as how Rajesh cut his wife’s body into 72 pieces and stored it into a freezer emerged.
“The effect (of being bereft of parents) becomes apparent during parents-teachers meeting at their school,” Pradhan said, adding that the kids once asked him if they could call him ‘papa’.
The children, twins, were four years old at the time of their mother’s death.
In Class 6 now, they have been living in a joint family with their maternal grandparents, maternal uncle, aunt and their two children in Delhi since the murder.
“Now that Rajesh has been convicted, we will file for the official guardianship of the kids,” Pradhan said. During the course of the trial, Rajesh’s family had applied for the children’s custody, but a family court dismissed it.
The children are American citizens, since they were born when the couple was in United States.
The court took notice of the children’s plight and ordered for a monetary fine of Rs 15 lakh on Rajesh, of which Rs 14.30 lakh was to be turned into a fixed deposit for the welfare of the twins.
When the defence lawyer prayed against a possible death sentence citing Article 21 of the Constitution (which promises protection of life and personal liberty), the prosecution argued how Article 21 had been violated for the victim and her children.
“Because of what happened, the minor kids today recognise neither their mother nor father… the brutal crime deprived the children’s right to a happy life,” district government counsel GP Raturi, prayed to the court.
Delhi techie gets life term for chopping wife into 72 pieces
Delhi software engineer Rajesh Gulati was convicted of murdering his wife Anupama and hiding evidence related to the murder.
INDIA Updated: Sep 01, 2017 21:55 IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun
Rajesh Gulati confessed to killing his 33-year-old wife by slamming her head against the wall. (HT Photo)
A court in Uttarakhand’s capital Dehradun sentenced Delhi software engineer Rajesh Gulati on Friday to life imprisonment for killing and chopping his wife Anupama into 72 pieces in 2010.
Gulati was convicted of murdering his wife and hiding evidence related to the murder by the additional and sessions court in Dehradun on Thursday.
Anupama’s brother Sujan Pradhan filed a missing police complaint with the local police on December 11, 2010. A day later, police interrogated Rajesh who confessed to killing his 33-year-old wife in a fit of anger by slamming her head against the wall on the night of October 17, 2010.
Rajesh Gulati killed his wife Anupama in a fit of anger. (File Photo)
The next morning he cut Anupama into 72 pieces and kept the parts in a deep freezer he bought to hide her body. Whenever his two kids or relatives would ask about her, he would tell them Anupama was out.
When it was unlocked, some pieces of Anupama’s body were recovered. It also came to light that Gulati had thrown some pieces of her corpse into a drain on Mussoorie road after packing them into a polythene bag.
According to the prosecution, the couple often had altercations over an alleged extra-marital affair of Gulati and during one such fight between them on October 17, Anupama fell unconscious after hitting her head against the bed.
Rajesh then throttled her to death with the help of a pillow.
Rajesh kept throwing chopped up pieces of her body into the drain gradually in instalments. However, the matter came to light before he could dispose of the chopped pieces of his wife’s body completely.
Police named Gulati as the prime and only accused under sections 302 (murder) and 201 (causing the disappearance of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code in its charge sheet filed on March 10, 2011.
In the 350-page charge sheet, the police said the motive behind Anupama’s murder was the strained relations between the couple and alleged second marriage of Rajesh with Jhuma Dutta of Kolkata.
Rajesh and Anupama both hail from the national capital. The couple decided to settle in Dehradun following their return to India after spending almost 18 years in the United States.
(With PTI inputs)
Techie who chopped wife into 70 pieces convicted
Kautilya Singh| TNN | Updated: Sep 1, 2017
The brutal murder which sent shockwaves in Dehradun dates back to 2010.
- He bought an electric saw from the market & chopped up his wife’s body into 70 pieces.
- The quantum of sentence will be announced on Friday.
DEHRADUN: Seven years after software engineer Rajesh Gulati smothered his 36-year-old wife and then used an electric saw to chop her body into 70 pieces, stashing the parts in a deep freezer for two months, a local court has held him guilty of murder, bringing closure to a case that was counted among the most heinous killings in Uttarakhand.
Soon after additional district judge Vinod Kumar held him guilty under section 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) of the IPC, Rajesh, with his face betraying little emotion, was escorted out of the court by policemen. The quantum of sentence will be announced on Friday.
The brutal murder which sent shockwaves in Dehradun dates back to 2010. After an argument on the night of October 17, Rajesh, then 37, killed his wife Anupama in their two-room rented house at Prakash Nagar in Dehradun Cantonment. As the trial continued, many gruesome details of the case emerged.
Rajesh and Anupama had moved to the US after getting married in 1999. But soon after their return to Dehradun in 2008, their relationship started getting strained. The couple would often fight, with Anupama charging Rajesh of having an extramarital affair with a woman from Kolkata. On October 17, they got into another argument and Rajesh slapped his wife following which she hit her head on the wall and fell unconscious. Scared that she would wake up and file a police complaint, the techie stuffed her nose and mouth with cotton before using a pillow to smother her.
Leaving nothing to chance, Rajesh bought an electric saw from the market and chopped up his wife’s body into 70 pieces. He then filled up polythene bags with the body parts and stored them in a deep freezer which also he bought from the market.
To keep his crime from being uncovered, he kept throwing away the polythene bags, one at a time, at various locations on the outskirts of the city. Some of the bags he dumped along the Mussoorie-Dehradun route were recovered by police during the course of investigation.
Rajesh kept up the pretense of normalcy for nearly two months, even telling his children, twins aged four, that their mother had gone to Delhi until one day Anupama’s brother Sujan Kumar Pradhan landed at his doorstep having not heard from his sister in a long time.
Pradhan got suspicious when Rajesh could not tell him about his sister’s whereabouts and also refused to let him enter the house. Pradhan then filed a missing complaint at the Cantonment Police station. Police subsequently raided Rajesh’s house and recovered severed parts of the body, including Anupama’s head, from the deep freezer.
Dehradun techie Rajesh Gulati held guilty in wife murder case
ANI | Dehradun [India] Last Updated at August 31, 2017 20:22 IST
Software engineer Rajesh Gulati was on Thursday found guilty in his wife Anupama Gulati murder case.
The quantum of punishment will be announced on Friday.
In the year 2010, Rajesh smothered his wife to death, chopped off her body and kept her in deep freezer for two months.
Deep freezer case: Man convicted for wife’s murder
Press Trust of India | Dehradun Last Updated at August 31, 2017 21:48 IST
A court here today convicted Delhi’s software engineer Rajesh Gulati of murdering his wife in cold blood seven years ago and keeping her body in a deep freezer after chopping it into pieces.
Convicting Gulati under sections 302 (murder) and 201 (hiding evidence) of the IPC in the seven-year-old case which had shaken the nation, Additional District and Sessions Judge Vinod Kumar said the quantum of punishment would be pronounced tomorrow.
Joint Director (law) J S Bisht said the arguments in the case were concluded on August 18.
The couple’s four-year-old twins had also given evidence in the case but the court did not attach any importance to it.
The blood-curdling murder had come to a light on December 11, 2010 about two months after it was committed when Anupma’s brother came to see her at the couple’s residence at Prakash Nagar colony in Cantt area after failing to get in touch with her for a number of days.
When Gulati could not tell him anything about Anupma’s whereabouts, he reported the matter to the police.
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