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Man arrested for killing wife

india Updated: Mar 23, 2009 01:02 IST
Megha Sood

A 34-year-old man was arrested by the Sakinaka police for allegedly killing his wife and projecting the incident as a suicide on Saturday.

Rajendra Temkar, who allegedly strangulated his wife Sharmila on March 15, was arrested after the postmortem report showed that she died of strangulation and not by an overdose of sleeping pills, as Rajendra had earlier told to the Sakinaka police.

The police said the 35-year-old nurse was strangulated by her husband at their residence in Sakinaka on March 15 around 11pm as he suspected her of having an extramarital affair.

Sharmila worked as a nurse in Janoba Hospital. On March 15, Rajendra called his sister-in-law and informed that Sharmila was dead and that her body had gone cold due to the adverse reaction of pills.

He had also said she was depressed and had taken an injection and sleeping pills and committed suicide.

The police registered a case of suicide and sent the body for postmortem.

However, the postmortem report showed that Sharmila died of strangulation and not by an overdose of sleeping pills.

The Sakinaka police officials said on March 15 Sharmila went to the hospital as usual and left her daughter at her sister’s house since Rajendra used to come home late. However, on that day, Rajendra came home early.

He then went to his sister-in-law’s house, picked his daughter and went home.

Between 10 pm to 11 pm, Sharmila too went to her sister’s house to pick her daughter. However, she found out that her husband had already taken her.

Sharmila then went to her Sakinaka home.

Around 11 pm, Rajendra called his sister-in-law and informed her about Sharmila’s suicide.

When the postmortem report of Sharmila arrived, the Sakinaka police found that Sharmila was strangulated. On Saturday, the police arrested Rajendra.

During the interrogation, Rajendra allegedly confessed to the crime.

He said he suspected that his wife was having an affair with someone.

“Rajendra used to fight and beat Shamila daily. Some months ago Sharmila tried to commit suicide by consuming sleeping pills, but she had survived,” said an official from the Sakinaka police station.

The couple got married seven years ago and have a two-year-old daughter.