Nerul woman ar­rested for hus­band’s mur­der

Her ac­com­plices were two youth from Karad, in­clud­ing her boyfriend; She al­leged her hus­band used to ha­rass her

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VASHI: Four days af­ter a 29-yearold man was found mur­dered, his wife was ar­rested for killing him.

Sangeeta Patil, 25, and two oth­ers — one of them is her boyfriend — al­legedly mur­dered the man for ha­rass­ing her con­stantly. The woman’s mother too has been made an ac­cused in the case.

The de­ceased Swapnil, a res­i­dent of Nhava, was found se­ri­ously in­jured at Ramlila ground in Nerul by a beat mar­shal on Tues­day night.

He was taken to DY Patil Hos­pi­tal in Nerul but was de­clared dead on ar­rival. The vic­tim had se­ri­ous in­juries to the side of his head, fore­head, neck and ribs.

Se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of Nerul po­lice sta­tion Sangeeta Alphonso found a wal­let in Swapnil’s trouser and found the vis­it­ing card of Ji­ten­dra Mha­tre, his un­cle. Other doc­u­ments found on him re­vealed his iden­tity.

“Swapnil’s fam­ily told us that he had gone to his in-laws’ place at Nerul. They also told us that his wife Sangeeta had ear­lier eloped with a vil­lage youth (name with­held) and that she had an il­licit re­la­tion­ship with him. They named him as a sus­pect,” said Shahji Umap, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice.

The po­lice de­tained the youth and reg­is­tered a mur­der case against him. In­ves­ti­ga­tions, how­ever, re­vealed that he was not in­volved.

Umap said that ini­tially there were no clues in the case.

“The in­spec­tion of the mur­der site re­vealed a blood-stained stone, empty liquor bot­tles, plas­tic glasses, blood-soaked hair and blood on the ground,” said Umap.

The po­lice started ques­tion­ing the wife and the in-laws.

“Fol­low­ing sus­tained ques­tion­ing, the wife named Sal­man Shaikh, 21, a res­i­dent of Karad. She re­vealed that Swapnil, Sal­man and three of his ac­com­plices had come home in the af­ter­noon.”

He added, “We also learnt that they had al­co­hol bot­tles with them. This led us to sus­pect that Sal­man and his ac­com­plices had killed Swapnil for some rea­son and we in­ves­ti­gated the an­gle fur­ther.”

The po­lice sent teams to Pune, Karad, Shahuwadi and Kol­ha­pur to look for Shaikh, a cat­tle trader, and man­aged to get him from Karad and also an ac­com­plice of his named Shahid Su­tar, 25, who has a cy­cle re­pair shop in Karad.

“In­ter­ro­ga­tion of the two re­vealed that Sangeeta, who is orig­i­nally from Karad, was also in­volved in the crime along with Mal­hari, 25, alias Malia who was later ar­rested.”

Giv­ing de­tails of the mo­tive, Umap said, “Sangeeta has claimed that Swapnil was an al­co­holic and would beat her reg­u­larly and also de­mand money from her. She and her mother de­cided to get rid of him. She then con­tacted Shaikh, with whom she had an af­fair, to get rid of her hus­band.”

They planned to kill Swapnil and called him to Sangeeta’s mother’s house at Nerul.

He added, “Shaikh and his friends came from Karad, got Swapnil drunk and then stoned him to death.”

Sources said Sangeeta had made false al­le­ga­tions against her hus­band.

Umap has an­nounced a re­ward of Rs10,000 for the in­ves­ti­gat­ing team for hav­ing cracked the case de­spite lack of clues.


Of­fi­cers from Nerul po­lice sta­tion with the three ac­cused at Nerul.

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