Husband in India possibly implicated in ‘supari’ murder of wife in Sydney

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Homicide detectives attached to NSW Police are in India this week hoping to interview the relatives of an Indian woman stabbed to death in Sydney in 2015 while she happened to be talking to her husband over a mobile phone.

Detectives have indicated they wish to interview husband Arun Kumar (pictured, above) as well as other family members about the murder of his wife, Prabha Kumar, near Sydney’s Parramatta train station on March 7, 2015.

Ms Kumar, a 41 year-old mother-of-one who had been working for IT firm Mindtree while in Australia, was killed after being stabbed in the throat as she walked home through Parramatta Park.

Ms Kumar had been living and working in Sydney since 2012. Her company expected her to return to India only a month after she was killed with her secondment to Australia due to end in April 2015.

She was less than 500 metres from her Westmead house when she was fatally attacked by a still as yet-unidentified man wearing black clothing.

CCTV released by police showed Ms Kumar talking to her husband back in India over a mobile phone moments before she was attacked. The couple had been married since 2000.

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Prabha Kumar talks to her husband on a mobile phone moments before her murder (NSW Police)

According to sources in India, more than 4,000 people have already been questioned in relation to Ms Kumar’s murder.

NSW Police revealed last year in February that they believed the murder to have been an organised hit, with Ms Kumar’s purse, jewellery and other valuables left untouched at the scene of her attack.

Detectives also believe that Ms Kumar’s murder was organised by someone known to her. Sections of the Indian media have dubbed Ms Kumar’s death a ‘supari’ killing – a term coined after a 2003 Bollywood hit film to describe murders by hitmen.

Detectives have confirmed that they will be visiting Ms Kumar’s hometown of Amtoor in Bantwal, situated about 40 kilometres from Mangalore City.

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