A 27-year-old woman was killed allegedly by her married lover at her residence at Siddhivinayak Society in Kasarwadavli on Wednesday. The police arrested Nilesh Sathve, 35, for allegedly strangulating Monica Tribhuvan using a mobile charger wire.
Monica and Sathve had been in a relationship for year and a half. They were planning to marry soon. The police said Sathve, who stays at a rented flat in Rutu Enclave in Anandnagar, is married with two children.
The police suspect that Monica was killed using either a mobile charger wire or a thin wire. “We found the mobile charger at the spot but her two mobile phones were missing from the spot. Her nose was bleeding, which is why there were bloodstains in the living room and bedroom. The post-mortem report states that she died of asphyxiation,” said senior police inspector Pramod Khade.
Police officials say the crime took place between 6pm-9pm. Tribhuvan was alone at her rented flat with her mother Usha, who was in Kalyan when the incident occured.
Tribhuvan spoke with her mother over the phone several times during the day.
The last call came around 6pm when she called up her mother to ask what to cook for dinner. Tribhuvan’s mother returned around 9pm, but she found no response.
“She used her own key to enter only to find that the television was on and there were bloodstains in the living room. She found her daughter’s body in the bedroom. She checked with the watchman, who told her that Nilesh had last visited the house between 5.30pm and 7.30pm,” said Khade.
Usha then alerted the neighbours, who informed the police around 11pm. The police arrested Sathve on Usha’s suspicion. Usha told the police that Sathve was to marry Monica in a month’s time.
“Monica and Sathve were introduced to each other by a common friend. The worked together in placement service business,” said Khade.
“It is not yet known whether Monica or her mother knew about Sathve’s marriage. Prima facie, we think Monica was murdered either because she came to know about his marriage or she was forcing him to get married to her soon.”
Sathve was produced before a local court and has been remanded in police custody till May 25.