A MAN in an inebriated state killed his 30-year-old wife Nirmala Dangiya in front of his daughter and passers-by on the busy Annapurna Road at about 9.30 pm in the Mahavar Nagar area on Tuesday. He has been taken into custody along with the mother-in-law, father-in-law and brother-in-law of the deceased on Wednesday.
The Annapurna police said that Raju Dangiya, a habitual drunkard, earns his livelihood by taking up menial jobs as a labourer. The couple, married 17 years ago, have four children. Three children — Ritu, Khushbu and Sonu — live with their father and youngest daughter Jyoti with their mother.
Dangiya had estranged relations with his wife who also worked as a labourer. The two had even approached the family court, the mahila police and the Annapurna police on several occasions. The deceased had left home, with the youngest child, six months back to her parent’s house.
As per a complaint filed by 30-year-old Laxmi Narayan of 118, Mahavar Nagar, brother of the deceased, Dangiya came along with his father Shaligram, mother Kamla Bai and brother Sikandar to his family house where her sister was staying. The accused abused his wife and once she got out of the house she was also beaten by him. Dangiya dragged her to the main road where after heated exchange of words he stabbed her and ran away.
Jyoti, living with her mother at the maternal house and witness to the bloody affair, said that her father who had arrived in a drunken state, beat her mother in the house and left in a hurry for the main road. Her mother then followed him out shouting at him and chastising him for his actions.
When the couple reached the main road, Dangiya, unable to further stand public abuse from his wife whom he had just bashed up, took out a knife and stabbed her in the neck. A shrieking Jyoti pleaded with her father to stop and in turn got shoved to the ground.
The accused stabbed the deceased fatally in the abdomen before escaping from the scene of crime. Onlookers took her to the private Unique Hospital located in the neighbourhood where she was declared brought dead. The body was later taken to the Maharaja Yeshwant Rao Hospital (MYH) for police action and post mortem.
The residents created a scene outside the hospital, and later on the road and in front the Annapurna police station demanding immediate arrest of the accused. The residents visited the police station on Wednesday and were pacified to see the culprit in transit custody.