The police, on Friday, arrested Naval Agarwal, the husband of the woman who killed herself and their 3-year-old son by jumping from the 12th floor of her building in Borivli (East) on Wednesday night.
Naval has been charged with abetment on the basis of a complaint filed by his wife Nandita's brother Soumitro Chatterjee. Soumitro had come to the city from Kolkata on Thursday to claim the bodies of Nandita and and his nephew Vinayak. Nandita has four brothers and a sister who live in Kolkata.
The Kasturba police will be scrutinising Nandita's phone records to find out whom she spoke to last. On Wednesday, Nandita was to travel to Kolkata to meet her family. But, on reaching the airport, she called her parents in Kolkata and told them she was not coming as Vinayak was crying bitterly. The police said they would be questioning the person whom she last spoke to, to find out what triggered the drastic step.
A few hours after Nandita returned home, she allegedly poured kerosene on herself and tried to set herself on fire. Her househelp of three years, Pawan Mandal, stopped her and then went to make a phone call to Naval, who was in Varanasi, to inform him. As he was doing so, Nandita took her son into the passage of the 12th floor and jumped from the window.
Soumitro has told the police that Naval used to mentally harass Nandita. Even though the couple had a love marriage, Naval would never take her to any of his family functions and never visited Nandita's family with her. Soumitro said Nandita was not even allowed to meet her family often.Nandita and Naval got married five years ago. They lived in Jordan for three years before moving to Dubai and finally settled in Mumbai. While Naval is originally from Varanasi, Nandita was from Kolkata.
Soumitro said, "The police should not go by what Pawan has told them. They should even try to find out if he is involved in the incident. My sister has not committed suicide, she has been murdered."
"According to the complainant, Nandita's husband, who is an alcoholic, used to regularly taunt her. We have arrested Naval and investigations will continue," said Rajendra Thakur, senior inspector of Kasturba police station. Soumitro has claimed the bodies of Nandita and Vinayak and their last rites were conducted in the city on Friday. The post-mortem report of Nandita and her son have been kept pending for a chemical analysis, the police said.