A man who killed his wife and dismembered her body was arrested on Tuesday after a relative alerted the police.

Girish Pote, a former salesman with a leading apparel brand and a resident of Bhayendar, a satellite township on the outskirts of Mumbai, had wrapped the body parts of his wife Madhubanti (35) in three plastic sheets. He stored two of them in the refrigerator and the third in his bedroom. He then called his cousin and confessed to the crime.

“The relative initially didn't believe him,” investigating officer S. Pingle told The “But when Pote asked him to meet him at a nearby garden as he wanted some money, the relative alerted two of our constables.” A trap was laid and Pote was nabbed.

“He seems to be mentally unstable and has been changing his statement frequently,” Mr. Pingle said.