Man arrested in Delhi for killing co-worker, hiding body inside fridge

Badal Mandal was arrested from a relative’s home in Odisha’s Rourkela on Wednesday eight days after he allegedly killed Joshi chopped his body and stuffed it in his fridge at his home in Saidujalab an urban village near Saket

Badal Mandal was arrested from a relative’s home in Odisha’s Rourkela on Wednesday eight days after he allegedly killed Joshi chopped his body and stuffed it in his fridge at his home in Saidujalab an urban village near Saket

Police in India's capital city New Delhi arrested a 31-year-old man for allegedly killing a co-worker, chopping his body into pieces and hiding them in a refrigerator at his home.

The accused, Badal Mandal, worked as a chef at the restaurant-cum-bar inside the Garden of Five Senses in Saket. He claimed that in a couple of instances he had seen Joshi visiting his house in his absence, which arose his suspicion on his wife.

"He attacked him from behind with a meat cleaver, cut his body into three parts and put them in a fridge in three garbage bags and escaped", the officer added. He then chose to kill Joshi. He suspected his wife of having an illicit affair with Joshi, following which he planned to kill him, the police said. Police were looking for Joshi after he was reported missing from 9 October.

He had applied for leave at his workplace before killing Joshi so that no one suspects him of killing Joshi, a senior police official said yesterday.

After Badal Mandal was arrested from Rourkela in Odisha on Wednesday and brought to Delhi for interrogation, he told the cops that he had hacked Vipin Joshi to death, chopped his friend's body into pieces and stored them in the fridge to dispose of later. He then went back to the washroom and cleaned it and later fled for his in-laws house in Kolkata. A team of the Delhi police reached Kolkata after tracking his phone but the accused was not present there.

The police team then went to Tatanagar, where one of Joshi's relatives said he was in Rourkela.

On the night of the incident, Badal, Vipin and three of their friends were drinking at one of the friends' house after which the accused and the victim returned to Badal's rented accommodation in Saidulajab, the police said.

Police said that Mandal had procured fake documents to evade arrest, but was eventually nabbed following a tip-off from a family member.

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