A 41-year-old inspector with the state’s food and civil supplies department allegedly killed his 14-year-old cognitively disabled son before committing suicide on Thursday night.
According to the police, Mahesh Kumar Pawar used carbon monoxide to kill his son and take his own life in his car. His wife Manshi and another relative found the two bodies in the car, parked near his home at Sector 5 in CBD Belapur, around 8.30 am on Friday.
The police said Pawar told his wife that he was going for a drive with his son Kaushal around 8pm on Thursday. They left in a Maruti Alto but did not return home that night. Manshi tried calling his number several times but got no answer. Early on Friday morning, she went to Belapur police station and registered a missing-persons complaint.
She then began to search for her husband and son in the neighbourhood with a relative. They soon found the two bodies in the car a few yards from their house. A door on the right side of car was open when his wife found it.
The police recovered a cylinder of carbon monoxide and a mask from the car. “It appears that the Pawar opened the cylinder inside the car and put the mask on his son’s face, making him inhale the gas. After his son died, he held the mask to his own face and ended his life,” said Prashant Khaire, deputy commissioner of police (zone I).
“So far no suicide note has been recovered from the car or his residence. We found his mobile phone (which was switched off) and the bill for the cylinder inside the car. Pawar had bought it from a shop in Mumbai on July 2,” said Dhanraj Dayama, assistant police commissioner, Nerul division.
“We have learnt from his family that Pawar was mentally disturbed as his son was cognitively disabled. He had taken him to several doctors but to no avail. We think he had been planning this for a long time. Kaushal was their only child,” he said.
Pawar had been posted at Sangli before being transferred to Navi Mumbai last month. He joined his new office at Konkan Bhavan in CBD Belapur on June 1 and his family moved to the city on June 8. They lived in a rented flat in Sector 5 of CBD Belapur.
“We don’t know if the boy went to school when the family was in Sangli but he did not attend school in Navi Mumbai. They had shifted here just a month ago,” said P Karad, assistant inspector, Belapur police station.
The police sent the two bodies to NMMC Hospital in Vashi for post-mortems.
“For now we have registered a case of accidental death. After receiving the preliminary medical reports from the hospital we may register a murder case too,” said a police officer.