A 26-year-old man, who had married a woman a mere six days ago against the wishes of her family, was allegedly hacked to death by some of her relatives at Ulhasnagar in the district, police said on Wednesday.
The incident took place on Monday night and the deceased was identified as Pankaj Raju Gouher, police said, adding five of the accused, all relatives of the woman, were arrested.
“Pankaj and his girlfriend Pooja Soudhe, both residents of Ulhasnagar, wanted to tie the knot. However, since her family was against the marriage, they had gone for a court marriage six days back,” Thane city police spokesperson Gajanan Kabdule said.
However, her family members strongly opposed the move as the man did not have government job and his financial position was also not sound, he said.
On Monday midnight, around ten people went to Pankaj’s residence located on Gandhi Road in Camp no. 5 in Ulhasnagar, pulled him out of his house and attacked him with sharp weapons, due to which he died on the spot, Kabdule said.
Thereafter, the accused also turned to Pankaj’s parents and his brother and attacked them with weapons like swords and sickle, injuring them seriously.
“After coming out of the house, the accused also moved in the locality wielding swords and threatened the local residents that they would also be dealt with severely if they reveal the incident to anyone,” the police spokesperson said.
The five accused - Dhannu, Lokesh, Arun, Mahesh and Shyam - were arrested in the early hours of Wednesday.
Police have charged the accused under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 452 (house-trespass), 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees) also Indian Arms Act sections 4 and 25 and the Bombay Police Act sections, police said.
Police are searching for the remaining six accused, and a further investigation is underway, police said.