The Oshiwara police arrested a man who stabbed his ex-wife’s new husband to death at the couple’s Jogeshwari condo at 8 am on Saturday. The police said the man was motivated by revenge.
The victim, Ali Asgar, 37, owns a construction firm in Vasai and Mira Road called Home Makers.
He married Bismillah on February 15.
The accused, Umar Shaikh, 38, lives in Mazgaon. He has property in Kalina and lives on the rent that he gets from the tenants.
Police sources said Shaikh remarried after he and Bismillah were divorced, however, he still wanted revenge on the couple.
Shaikh wore a veil (burqa) to enter Iris Park Condominiums in Jogeshwari (West). The high-rise is located adjacent to Amboli police station near the Jogeshwari railway station.
“We saw someone wearing a burqa seated in an auto. We thought it was one of the condo’s female residents and so we allowed the vehicle in,” one of the security guards told HT.
The police said Shaikh mimicked a woman’s voice to enter the society.
The auto halted at the entrance of the building. Shaikh alighted and went up to the 15th floor where Asgar lived with Bismillah.
Officials said that Shaikh was carrying a kitchen knife. “He knocked at the door and Bismillah opened it. He instantly slashed her across the arm. She started screaming, ran to another room and locked herself in,” said an officer.
Hearing her cries, Asgar came out of another room. Shaikh stabbed him twice in the stomach and fled, leaving the veil behind.
He escaped by using the staircase, boarded another auto-rickshaw and left, the police said.
Minutes later, Bismillah alerted the guards about the attack. At least four guards conduct round-the-clock monitoring of the building’s two main entrances on Patel Estate Road.
There are also numerous CCTV cameras on the premises. CCTV camera footage shows Shaikh leaving the auto and entering the building. Another camera shows him dropping the veil and running towards the staircase, said an officer. He was nabbed at Jogeshwari, close to the scene of the crime.
A source said the police recovered Bismillah’s mobile phone and found an SMS ostensibly from the accused. Officials are trying to ascertain whether Shaikh had been threatening her for long.