A Bollywood actress was allegedly murdered by two aspiring actors, who tried to extort $28,000 from her family before strangling and beheading her and dumping part of her body in a water tank.
Amit Jaiswal, 36, and his girlfriend Preeti Surin are accused of inviting actress Meenakshi Thapa, 26, on a trip to Gorakhpur, a city near India's border with Nepal, where they held her hostage, London's Daily Telegraph reported.
Police said the couple sent a message to Thapa's parents warning them she would be forced to do pornographic films if the family did not pay them 1.5 million rupees ($28,000).
The couple, who had fled to Mumbai to try to find Bollywood stardom when Jaiswal's wife found out about their affair, allegedly became jealous after hearing Thapa boast about her family's wealth.
Thapa's mother transferred 60,000 rupees ($1115) into her account for the kidnappers to withdraw, but she was killed soon after, the newspaper reported.
Parts of her body were allegedly dumped in two places as the couple made their way back to Mumbai.
The couple dropped her torso in a water tank and put her head in a bag, which they threw out of the window of the bus, police said.
A detective investigating Thapa's death told the newspaper: "They wanted to extort money from her family. They have confessed to the crime.
"She was strangulated in a hotel and her body was hacked into pieces and thrown in a water tank. They threw her head from a moving bus while travelling back to Mumbai."
Thapa had starred in a horror film called 404 last year and met her alleged killers on the set of her latest film Heroine.