Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Man kills wife, commits suicide ; Police control # 100 didn't answer !! ; Woman was pregnant & cause of suicide NOT known

Man kills wife, commits suicide

Soumittra S Bose, TNN | Aug 21, 2013, 01.29 AM IST

NAGPUR: Police are baffled by apparent murder of a pregnant woman by her husband who also committed suicide later on in Khushi Nagar, Jaripatka. The couple left behind a three year old daughter. The tragedy at their rented room came to fore on Tuesday morning. There was no response from control room no '100' when local residents wanted to call the cops.

The couple, Rajesh and Mona alias Monali Meshram, had married after a brief courtship around four years ago. Rajesh, working as pizza specialist at an eatery, apparently ended life by hanging himself from the ceiling fan in the kitchen using a rope. Mona's bodywas found on the floor of the front room. Police said some blackish injury marks were noticeable on her neck. There was no suicide note found anywhere in the house. Local sources said Rajesh, who usually returns at midnight, had come back home at 5 pm on Monday. The couple had gone somewhere together too in the evening.

Preliminary probe suggests Rajesh may have throttled his wife before committing suicide. Their only daughter, Khushi, was with Mona's elder sister Lata Pathre's at her Christian colony, Mecosabagh, home. The incident marred the Rakshabandhan mood in Khushi Nagarwhere residents expressed disbelief after learning about the double deaths under suspicious circumstances. Neighbours said the couple was never seen fighting over anything.

"They couple did not speak much with neighbours. No one had heard any noise of quarrel or fights from their room since they had come to stay. There were no strange sounds heard by anyone in vicinity Monday night when the incidents had taken place," said a neighbour. The couple stayed in a dingy lane where houses are located close to each other. It is learnt Rajesh and Mona stayed as tenants at an adjacent house before shifting to that of Rajendra Awasthi's since January this year. The Awasthis too said the couple seemed to be living happily.

Senior inspector PM Bhatkar of Jaripatka police station said a case of accidental death has been registered so far. "The offence of murder may be registered against Rajesh if post-mortem report of Mona shows she was killed," said the senior PI. He added police had broken the door to enter the house as it was locked from inside before finding the bodies.

It is learnt Rajesh used to work in Yavatmal earlier where he had met Mona. The couple had married shortly after meeting. They had come to stay in Nagpur later. The Awasthis said the couple had come to give them some cooked food at 10.30 pm. "We had observed tears in Mona's eyes. She left hurriedly after handing over the bowl with her husband following her," said a family member of Awasthis.

Another neighbour said Rajesh was seen lying down near the door at around 11 pm. "We thought he was not feeling well," she said. It is learnt Rajesh would often take their daughter to school while landlord Rajendra Awasthi's brother-in-law Rakesh Dwivedi brought her back. On Tuesday morning, Dwivedi was the first to realize something was wrong as Meshrams did not come down to collect the newspaper from downstairs. Dwivedi then went to the first floor and knocked but could not elicit any response. He peeped inside through the window but did not see anyone. Dwivedi later called up Mona's sister Lata. Lata's calls too went unanswered on couple's mobile phone. They too rushed to Meshram's place. Meanwhile, the landlord family had called up control room but later went to Jaripatka police station to bring the cops along with them.


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