NAGPUR: The remains of body of 35-year-old Ragini Raghtate, who had gone missing on February 25, were found on Sunday in Kachhimet forests near Umrer following confession of her husband Devanand and his friend Satish Joshi.
Devanand, aided by Joshi, wanted to get rid of his second wife Ragini after marrying for the third time. Police said Joshi had strangled Ragini in Devanand's car with a rope. The duo later took the body to the jungle before setting it on fire with diesel from their vehicle. Kotwali police, who had earlier arrested Devanand for kidnapping, later slapped the charges of murder on him and Joshi.
Ragini's mysterious disappearance while on her way to home at Chandipura in Navi Sukrawari was taken seriously by Kotwali police after around two weeks when they registered an offence of kidnapping against Devanand who is into real estate trade. She was returning from Devanand's office after a tiff with her estranged husband.
Ragini's phone calls details showed she had been conversing with Devanand before the phone was switched off. Even Devanand's cell phone had remained switched off for a day. It raised doubts in probe team led by PSI Jeetendra Bobde under supervision of DCP Sanjay Darade. DCP Darade had even roped in cops from Kalamna police station into the team he handpicked.
Devanand, already married earlier and having children, had tied nuptial knot with Ragini who used to work at his office. The couple had a five-year-old son too. They later developed a rift as Devanand grew close to another employee and married her. Devanand later gave some money to Ragini and had an agreement of divorce with her. Ragini used to still visit Devanand's office at Tulsibagh where the couple would fight in presence of others including the culprit's third wife.
Hassled by regular squabbling, Devenand roped in Joshi with a promise of money and a plot of land. Joshi hid in the rear seat when Devanand approached Ragini as she walked back home and offered her a lift. They later strangled her and disposed of the body in the forest.