A 26-year-old homemaker was found dead in her Mulund residence on Sunday and the police registered a case of suicide, based on her husband’s statement.
But after two days of investigation, the police found that Arvind Gohil (31) suspected his wife, Usha, of committing adultery and strangled her.
The Mulund police arrested Arvind on Tuesday.
“Arvind has been booked on charges of murder and destroying evidence,” said Police Sub-Inspector Srirang Bhosale.
On Sunday, around 6.30 pm, the police received a call from a local about Usha’s death.
“When we reached their Bhimwadi residence at BMC Colony, we found Usha on the floor with a bed sheet around her neck. Arvind told us that she had hanged herself from the ceiling and he had taken her down,” said Inspector Chandrakant Thakur.
“We got suspicious as there were no creases on the bed sheet and no ligature marks on her neck.”
The couple’s children — Sapna (5) and Viral (3) — were at home when the incident took place.
The police detained Arvind, an office boy with a private insurance firm, for questioning.
After the post-mortem report revealed that Usha was strangled, the police’s suspicion was confirmed.
“After sustained interrogation, Arvind confessed to the killing and we arrested him. Their daughter also gave a statement that he had murdered her mother,” added Bhosale.
Arvind reportedly told the police that he killed his wife because he found out that she was having an affair with a man who lived in the same locality.
“They used to often quarrel over this issue. On Sunday, too, they had a fight and an angry Arvind strangled Usha,” Bhosale added.
Arvind then called Usha’s family in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, and told them that her condition was serious.
“Arvind called me at 8 pm and said Usha was critical. By the time we reached here, she was dead,” said Usha’s brother Ghanshyam Khadodra (30).
Saying he did not know why his brother-in-law would kill his sister, Khadodra added: “They used to have minor quarrels, nothing serious.”