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Police arrested a doctor in India on Tuesday after he allegedly killed his driver and chopped him into two dozen pieces, before attempting to dissolve them in a drum filled with acid.
Orthopaedic doctor, Sunil Mantri, is understood to have been having an affair with the wife of the driver and is suspected of killing him in a bid to keep the affair going.
Police believe Mantri, 58, convinced the 30-year-old man to become his driver in an attempt to persuade him that he wasn't having an affair with his wife, after the man became suspicious.
On Monday, the driver's first day of work, he complained of tooth ache while at Mantri's home in Hoshangabad, Madhya Prades. Mantri allegedly dosed him with a strong painkiller injection - which made him drowsy - before slicing his throat with a surgical knife, according to the Hindustan Times.
Madhya Pradesh: Dr Sunil Mantri arrested for allegedly killing his servant&later chopping his body into pieces, in Hoshangabad. According to police, the doctor committed crime after the servant objected to doctor's close relationship with his (servant's) wife. (05.02.2019) pic.twitter.com/uPBqoj2U6I
- ANI (@ANI) February 6, 2019
The paper reports that Mantri had already bought a saw and acid bottles in the days previous, and he used the saw to chop the body into two dozen pieces, before putting them in the acid in an attempt to dissolve the evidence.
However, neighbours became suspicious across the course of Monday night and Tuesday morning, as the doctor allegedly toed and froed from his home, appearing agitated. Police were called to the property and Mantri reportedly confessed to the crime.
Speaking to PTI News Agency, Superintendent of Police, Arvind Saxena, said: "On reaching his place, the police team found the doctor very restless and spotted blood on the floor. Shocked to find the police at his residence, he admitted to the crime.
"Around noon, he started putting the body parts into the acid to destroy the evidence. However, he was caught red-handed by police.
"A dozen large pieces of the body and several small pieces were found there."
During the interrogation the doctor - who worked at a government civil hospital in Itarsi - confessed to planning the killing for a long time, according to New Delhi Television Limited.
The superintendent said that Mantri's late wife - who died in April, 2017 - used to run a boutique with the driver's wife, but the driver became aware.
"It is possible, that [the driver] was extorting money from Mantri," he added.
Saxena said the driver's wife would be questioned about the suspected affair as part of the police's ongoing investigation.
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