A holiday court on Monday remanded a 40-year-old dentist, who has allegedly murdered his accountant wife in front of their four-year-old son, to police custody till December 17.
The accused asked the court’s permission to contact his relatives so that he could appoint a lawyer. The court, while granting him permission, directed the police to help him in the process.
On Sunday, as his four-year-old son watched helplessly, dentist Umesh Bobale, 40, stabbed his wife Tanuja, 36, repeatedly in the chest, stomach and legs, killing her instantly at their Dadar home. Bobale then coolly called up the police control room, gave them directions to his home in Kohinoor Towers, and told them to come arrest him as he had killed his wife.
The couple had separated in March but friends and family had got them to try and patch up. Tanuja had returned to Bobale’s home earlier in the morning as the couple had decided to give their relationship another chance. But they soon started arguing about how much money Bobale should give Tanuja every month, police quoted Bobale as saying. While Tanuja, who is an accountant with a firm at the Bandra-Kurla Complex, wanted Rs15,000 a month, Bobale said Rs10,000 should be enough as they were going to live together.
Police said the dentist, who has a clinic at Jogeshwari, told them that he lost his temper and picked up a knife from the kitchen and stabbed his wife repeatedly. Their four-year-old son was witness to the whole incident. In fact, police said he had told them that his father killed his mother.
After Bobale called the police control room, the Shivaji Park police went to his home on the third floor of Kohinoor Tower on Bal Govind Das Road and arrested him. The child was given into the care of his mother’s aunt with whom they were staying while the couple was separated.
The senior inspector of the Shivaji Park police station Gangadhar Sonawane said the child was an important witness in the case He said there was a case registered against Bobale earlier under the domestic violence act. Now he has been arrested for murder.