The 60-year-old man who stabbed his wife over seven times in the neck and twice in the eye, killing her, was drunk, police said.
Investigation revealed Mukesh Monga was short-tempered and regularly thrashed and abused his wife, Manju. He even thrashed his daughter and son after getting drunk. While Mukesh, who worked at a music institute earned only R 5000 a month, Manju earned well and took care of all the expenses.
The couple, police said, often fought over money matters.
“He used to come home drunk every night. When we intervenes, he used to abuse me and my brother. Ever since I was a kid, I have seen him as a wife-beater who would return home and physically torture my mother. I am ashamed to call him my father,” Mukesh’s daughter, Vartika (30) said.
She added, “My mother was staying with him because she wanted us to get married and settle down, before getting separated. I wish she had not waited.”
On Wednesday, Mukesh started drinking at 8 am. When Manju was to leave her Hari Nagar residence for office in Anand Niketan, where she worked as a receptionist, Mukesh insisted to drop her off. She was reportedly taking an Ola cab but Mukesh slapped her and put her in the car, police said.
After reaching Anand Niketan, Mukesh asked for some money from Manju, following which the couple had an argument. “Manju reportedly asked him where he spent all the cash. She asked him to stop spending money on alcohol. This irked Mukesh and he started thrashing her. Mukesh confessed that he got angry over being questioned about where he spent his money,” an investigator said.
Speaking to HT, Raj Kumar, the security guard who witnessed the murder said, “I saw Manju madam’s husband thrashing her inside the car. He was pulling her hair and slapping her. When she tried to step out, he locked the door of the car. As I rushed to save her, he pulled out a knife and stabbed her. I did not know how to react. I picked up a brick and threw it on the car. The moment he saw me approaching, he started the car and tried to flee.” “Luckily I saw a PCR van coming towards me and I alerted the police. He was then stopped and arrested,” he added.
Manju’s family members told the police that she funded her children’s education and took care of all the household expenses. Mukesh was reportedly fired from his job because of his temper and misbehavior following which he joined his sister, who ran a music institute.
“Family members said that his sister paid her R 5000 a month but the income was not regular as Mukesh often skipped going to work. He took money from Manju and spent it all in alcohol,” a senior police officer said.
Police suspect Mukesh had planned the murder as he had hid the knife under his car’s seat. “He first insisted to drop her to her office, then picked up a fight and then killed her. What was a knife doing under the car’s seat? It appears to be a planned murder. We are questioning Mukesh and investigation is on,” a senior police officer said.