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Family showed no signs of problems, relatives say

Devendra Sawant last spoke to his 21-year-old daughter, Ashwini, hours before her husband, Abhijeet Kurne, allegedly shot her before killing himself. Little Yadav reports.

mumbai Updated: Sep 04, 2010 02:16 IST
Little Yadav

Devendra Sawant last spoke to his 21-year-old daughter, Ashwini, hours before her husband, Abhijeet Kurne, allegedly shot her before killing himself.

Sawant, who lives in Malad, said Ashwini sounded very happy and had told him she had gone shopping for Ganesh Chaturthi.

“She told me she had bought some nice sarees for herself and said she was planning to visit our hometown in Sangli during the festival,” Sawant said. “She sounded very excited.”

Sawant said he did not get a feeling that she was having problems.

“She never even mentioned having had a tiff with Abhijeet after their wedding. In fact, she seemed very happy and content there,” Sawant said. Sawant is Abhijeet's maternal uncle.

Abhijeet (27) and Ashwini knew each other since childhood. “I don't know what could have led to such an incident. They loved each other,” Sawant said.

Abhijeet's father, Assistant Commissioner of Police Madhusudan Kurne, was transferred to the Protection Branch last year.

His relatives and colleagues rushed to his house at Evershine Nagar in Malad (West) after learning about the incident. “Kurne never discussed his family life at work but from his attitude it did not seem that he had domestic problems,” said one of Kurne's colleagues. “This incident has come as shock to us.”

Another colleague added that Kurne always had a smile on his face.

Kurne, according to his fellow officers, is from the 1979 batch. A state level rugby player, he has worked in the Crime Branch and has served at Vile Parle, Malwani and Malad police stations. Kurne investigated the murder of matka king, Suresh Bhagat.

“He is a soft spoken man and shares good relations with his subordinates,” said a senior police officer.

The family is waiting for the bodies to conduct the last rites.