Hindustan Times (Patna) - - NATION - HT Cor­re­spon­dent Umesh Raghu­van­shi

MUM­BAI: A day af­ter Vi­jay San­gelkar bru­tally at­tacked a char­tered ac­coun­tancy stu­dent at Dadar mis­tak­ing her for his wife, he was full of re­morse.

But the 35-year-old was sorry merely for the mis­taken iden­tity, not for his orig­i­nal in­tent.

San­gelkar, the po­lice said, was un­happy that he could not kill his wife as he had planned.

On Mon­day, Sonal S La­pashiya, a stu­dent of char­tered ac­coun­tancy, was walking to a bus stop at 9am when the farmer at­tacked her with a sickle in full pub­lic view. Only when the vic­tim’s scarf fell off her face did he re­alise she wasn’t his wife.

On Tues­day, a lo­cal court re­manded San­gelkar to po­lice cus­tody till Fri­day. His wife told the po­lice that she sus­pected him of hav­ing an il­licit af­fair.

San­gelkar, a na­tive of Sawant­wadi in Konkan, and Vaishali got mar­ried in 2007 but their re­la­tion­ship soured within a year. “Many peo­ple, in­clud­ing the po­lice, tried to help them rec­on­cile, but to no avail,” said DCP Dat­ta­tray Kar­ale.

Vaishali lodged a com­plaint of ha­rass­ment in 2009 against San­gelkar and his fam­ily. “San­gelkar was an­gry as he had to shell out money for the court pro­ceed­ings,” said Kar­ale.

On Sun­day, San­gelkar came to Mum­bai and bought a sickle in And­heri. He then met Vaishali, who lives with her mother in Nal­la­sopara, but could not muster the courage to kill her in front of their four-year-old son.

He then asked her to ac­com­pany him to Dadar to talk, as Nal­la­sopara sta­tion was crowded. Vaishali boarded the ladies com­part­ment, but changed her mind and got off the train.

San­gelkar again con­vinced her to meet him at Dadar the next day. But on Mon­day, he at­tacked La­pashiya, mis­tak­ing her for Vaishali. Sus­pect­ing his in­tent, Vaishali had not gone to Dadar sta­tion on Mon­day. AME­THI: Congress gen­eral sec­re­tary Rahul Gandhi steered clear of the Gu­jarat polls and quota in pro­mo­tion bill on Tues­day, choos­ing in­stead to be the nav­i­ga­tor in his par­lia­men­tary con­stituency for Jammu and Kash­mir CM Omar Ab­dul­lah.

Gandhi was in the pas­sen­ger seat while Ab­dul­lah drove around Ame­thi vil­lages, where the two lead­ers spent more than six hours in­ter­act­ing with women of self-help groups (SHGs) and lo­cals.

On exit polls favour­ing the BJP in Gu­jarat, Gandhi ap­peared un­fazed and said, “Let’s see what hap­pens.” Asked about quota in pro­mo­tions, the Ame­thi MP said he would speak only about the devel­op­ment in his con­stituency.

Gandhi gave Ab­dul­lah a feel of the work­ing of SHGs es­tab­lished to em­power women at the grass­roots. A group of women from Kashim­pur vil­lage got an in­vi­ta­tion from Ab­dul­lah to visit Jammu and Kash­mir to help set up SHGs.

“Do shake hands with him. You have to help him when you go there,” Gandhi told the women, as he in­tro­duced them to Ab­dul­lah.

An elated Sita Bharati, who heads an SHG in Kashim­pur, said, “We will go there soon to help the women.”

Ab­dul­lah said fol­low­ing the pan­chayat elec­tions in his state, he had been look­ing for devel­op­ment models to make women self-suf­fi­cient.

“Rahul Gandhi has im­ple­mented schemes for up­lift of women in his con­stituency. We will repli­cate some of th­ese schemes in Jammu and Kash­mir,” he said.

Ab­dul­lah was not shielded from nig­gling is­sues. At Gird­hari Ka Purwa vil­lage, lo­cal Ram Lal’s house served as the venue for Gandhi, Ab­dul­lah and se­nior Congress leader Sai­fud­din Soz to in­ter­act with the pub­lic.

“Do you have a ra­tion card? Do you have a job card un­der ru­ral job scheme? Do you get power?” Gandhi asked Lal, who replied he was not get­ting work de­spite hav­ing a job card. Vil­lagers also told Gandhi about prob­lem ar­eas in devel­op­ment schemes.


Congress gen­eral sec­re­tary Rahul Gandhi with J&K chief min­is­ter Omar Ab­dul­lah dur­ing the lat­ter’s visit to Ame­thi, on Tues­day.

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