A 40-year-old auto driver killed his wife on Monday with a sickle over “frequent fights” in a Kandivali chawl after being married to her for a year and he also hurt himself with the weapon. He is admitted in a hospital and is in a critical condition.
A year after the first wife of Devendra Patil, 40, committed suicide by consuming poison leaving behind two children — 13-year-old son Omkar and 9-year-old Akanksha — Patil had married Jaya. They stayed in a chawl in Gangadhar Society in Kadamwadi, Kandivali (east).
On Sunday, Patil got into an argument with Jaya, who was scolding him for not going to work and during that he kicked the door and broke the its lower portion. He was an alcoholic, a police officer said while adding that the couple fought often over his lackadaisical behavior.
His relatives, who stay in the same chawl, sent Akanksha to one of her uncle’s house for the night.
When the couple continued fighting even on Monday morning, their screams could be heard by the neighbours but they ignored it. But when Omkar returned from an Independence Day event, he heard loud screams coming from his house and then he peeped inside through the broken portion of the door and saw blood. It was only after the frightened boy ran while raising alarm, that the neighbours took notice, officials said and subsequently called the cops.
“Patil hit her with a sickle on her head and face. She sustained five fatal injuries,” said an officer from the Samta Nagar police station. A source said that Omkar told the police that after killing Jaya, Patil was repeatedly banging his head on the wall. He also tried to slash his throat with a vegetable knife and used the sickle to hit himself on the head.
“The duo was rushed to the nearby hospital. While Jaya was declared dead on arrival, Patil is critical and admitted in the ICU. Meanwhile, we have registered a case of murder,” said the officer.
When asked if financial trouble was the reason behind the fight, the officer said preliminary investigation did not suggest so. He added, “The frequent fights seem to be the reason. We are recording the statements of the neighbours, who described him as violent.”