A civil contractor from Mira Road is fighting for his life after he was hit by his wife with a grinding stone.
She later attempted suicide but was stopped by neighbours.
On Sunday morning, Arumugam (47) told his wife to ask her brother to repay his loan of Rs 3 lakh as wanted the money for his teenager son’s education.
He sustained serious damage to his brain and has been admitted to Chairyu Hospital in Mira Road. His wife Sundari (37) is in police custody.
The incident occurred at the couple’s residence in the Golden Nest area when their son Arvind (16) and daughter Archana (8) were present.
The police said that Arvind, a Class 11 student at a suburban college, told them that after hitting his father thrice with
the grinding stone, his mother got scared.
She told Arvind to not tell anyone about the incident but tell that some unknown person has assaulted the father and sister Archana.
The police said that somehow the neighbours came to know about the incident and rushed Arumugam to the hospital.
Realising that she was in trouble, Sundari tried to hang herself but the neighbours stopped her from doing so. They handed
her to the police.
The police, during the investigation, learnt that Sundari had hit the husband on his head with an iron rod about a fortnight ago over the same issue.
The police said Arumugam had lent around Rs 3 lakh over the last five years to Sundari’s brothers, Saravanan and Satishkumar, who stay in Tamil Nadu.
“Arumugam was facing financial problems for over a year wanted his money back. He wanted to invest for his son’s studies,” said police sub-inspector A. Gopal of Mira Road police station.
The police added that Arumugam was forcing his wife to get the money from her brother as it was she who had persuaded him to loan them.