30-year-old man ar­rested for killing wife at Pan­vel

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A 30-year-old man from She­dung in Pan­vel who al­legedly killed his wife by hit­ting her with an iron rod was ar­rested on Tues­day.

The po­lice said Ram­chan­dra Katkari and Nil­ima, 27, had tied the knot around three years ago and they lived in Katkar­vadi vil­lage. The cou­ple did not have smooth mar­ried life.

“Katkari would sus­pect that Nil­ima had an ex­tra-mar­i­tal af­fair with some­one from the neigh­bor­hood and that led to fre­quent quar­rels be­tween them. He would also abuse and as­sault her fol­low­ing heated ar­gu­ments. Nil­ima’s par­ents knew this, but they did not take any step as­sum­ing ev­ery­thing would be al­right af­ter a few months,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer from Pan­vel city po­lice sta­tion.

Katkari did not stop as­sault­ing his wife.

“On June 27, fol­low­ing a quar­rel, he hit Nil­ima with an iron rod on her head. Even as Nil­ima suf­fered se­vere in­juries in the at­tack, he took no ef­forts to ad­mit her to a hos­pi­tal. He took her to her mother’s place and then fled the spot within a few min­utes,” the of­fi­cer said.

Nil­ima suc­cumbed to her in­juries on Mon­day. Fol­low­ing an FIR reg­is­tered by her fam­ily, the po­lice ar­rested the ac­cused on Tues­day.

The ac­cused has been booked un­der sec­tion 302 (pun­ish­ment for mur­der) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code (IPC). He was pro­duced be­fore the ju­di­cial court on Tues­day and has been re­manded in po­lice cus­tody for five days.

The po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case to find out if there were any other rea­sons be­hind the mur­der.

“It is not clear if the ac­cused was drunk while com­mit­ting the crime as we have ar­rested him a week af­ter the in­ci­dent. He does odd jobs to earn his liveli­hood. We have not found any crim­i­nal record of him,” an­other po­lice of­fi­cer said.

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