New Delhi :A 37-year-old executive, arrested in connection with hoax calls that delayed seven international flights from here and Delhi, has allegedly confessed that he had murdered his wife here in July and made it appear an accidental death, police said.
During questioning, Gokul Machery said he had fatally assaulted his wife in July, police said. He had bought liquor which his wife had consumed and after a verbal argument regarding shifting back to Delhi, he pushed and assaulted her with a blunt weapon causing her death, they said.
Gokul informed his neighbours that his wife was consuming alcohol and he fell asleep and later found his wife dead. He claimed that she slipped and hit her head on the TV stand accidentally.
Police had then registered a case of unnatural death at Madiwala Police station.
Gokul, police said, made the hoax calls that delayed seven international flights from here and Delhi airports, to get his friend into trouble as he was infatuated with his wife.
Gokul, who is working with a private firm, had sent WhatsApp messages on Saturday after procuring a SIM based on the identity of his friend, police said.
He wanted the police to initiate an inquiry against his friend and defame him so that he could get closer to his wife, police said. Both lived in the same apartment complex.
In his messages to the Kempegowda International Airport here, he had claimed that bombs been planted in three international flights. Security checks were carried out leading to the delay of the flights.
KIA Terminal Manager on duty had received messages on Whatssapp from a local mobile number, threatening to blast three flights with specific details besides the airport cargo section.
The threat that also mentioned about “Islamic state wins” and “get ready to see the firework above sea today,” had created a scare at the KIA.
As the threat was specific in nature pertaining to the flights Lufthansas (LH-755) and Saudi Arabiain Airlines (SV-5643), the two flights which were on the ground were immediately vacated and thoroughly checked and cleared to fly subsequently, police said.
However, one flight of Air France (AF-191) which had already taken off an hour back was called back, passengers de-boarded and the whole flight was thoroughly checked before it was cleared to fly again.
Gokul was today produced in a court which remanded him to police custody for two weeks.
Police first questioned Gokul’s friend and his wife. Based on information obtained from them, they zeroed in on Gokul.
Police said Gokul was transferred to Bengaluru in March this year.
With the intention of defaming his friend, Gokul in the last week of June stole a photograph of him and his daughter, his graduation certificate photocopy and passport photocopy and got a SIM in his name.
Police said Gokul also bought a smart phone by paying cash billed in his name and created a facebook ID on which he had posted some objectionable content to implicate his friend.