The Dadar police on Saturday arrested a security guard who allegedly killed a 30-year-old man by smashing his head with a grinding stone, suspecting him of having an affair with his wife.
Manu Kewat, (30), a labourer, succumbed to head injuries on Saturday. Arjun Kewat (32), the accused, suspected his wife Chandra (30) was having an affair with Manu.
Assistant Commissioner of Police, Madhukar Sankhe said the murder occurred on Friday morning. Manu had come to Mumbai from his village in Uttar Pradesh (which is also where the couple are from) two days ago. He had been living with his friend at a chawl in Raichandwadi at Dadar (West).
“At 11.30 pm, Arjun was seen outside Manu’s friend’s house at Raichandwadi. He was waiting for the victim to fall asleep,” said Ashok Unde, senior inspector. Arjun then returned home.
Sankhe said around 2.30 am, Arjun returned and saw Manu sleeping. “He crushed Manu’s head with a grinding stone, which he had carried with him, then tried to flee. Hearing the screams, three of Manu’s friends who were sleeping in the vicinity woke up and saw Arjun running away,” said Sankhe.
Manu was rushed to KEM Hospital where he died the next day. “Initially, locals told the police that Manu was hurt in an accident, but on questioning, the police learned of the murder,” said Unde.
Sankhe said Arjun and Chandra have been married for 15 years and have five children. Around 12 years ago, Arjun had found several love letters written by Manu to Chandra, and suspected them of having an affair, but their family had settled the issue after convincing Arjun it was a misunderstanding, not an affair.
On Friday, however, Arjun had an argument with Chandra after he saw Manu living in the neighbourhood. He suspected her of having a relationship with him, and decided to get rid of Manu, Sankhe added.