A 62-year-old former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) employee was stabbed to death by his son on Friday night for denying him Rs150 for alcohol. Atul, 31, stabbed his sleeping father Sudhir Jhemse 15 times with a pair of scissors at their residence in Mulund (East).
Jhemse has been arrested and remanded in police custody.
Atul, who had borrowed Rs 100 from his father earlier in the evening to buy alcohol returned inebriated to demand another Rs 150. His father refused and had then settled down for a nap when Atul stabbed him, in the presence of his mother.
A commerce graduate, Atul told the police he killed his father because he had often chided him for being jobless.
'I have murdered my father'
It was around midnight on Friday night when society secretary Rupesh Giram entered the bloodied hall of Jhemses' seventh floor apartment. Giram recollects how 31-year-old Atul Jhemse stood expressionless with his arms crossed in the hall of their one-bedroom-hall-kitchen flat in Eastern Majestic Heights building in Mulund (East).
"Call the police. I have murdered my father," is what Atul told Giram, with 62-year-old Sudhir Jhemse's body lying in a pool of blood in the hall. Giram was among the first persons to reach Jhemses' residence after Atul's mother Rekha approached the neighbours for help.
Rekha, who retired as a clerk at the Maharashtra director general of police's (DGP) office, sought the help of neighbours after she failed to control an irate Atul. But by the time they could respond, Atul had stabbed Jhemse 15 times on the neck with a pair of scissors, said assistant police inspector AS Sawant of Navghar police station. Jhemse, who retired after working as a RBI clerk in the statistical department, succumbed to the injuries on the spot.
Explaining the series of events that led to the murder, Sawant said that earlier on Friday evening, Atul had taken Rs 100 from Jhemse to consume alcohol. "He returned inebriated at around 11.30pm and asked his father for Rs 150, but Jhemse refused to give the money and rebuked Atul for not earning a living, which led to a fight," said Sawant.
Jhemse then went to sleep in the bedroom, while Rekha served food to an enraged Atul. "After dinner, Atul, who was still seething, took a pair of scissors from the hall, entered the bedroom, climbed onto his father's chest, and started stabbing him," said Sawant. Jhemse tried to resist by running towards the hall, which is when Rekha tried to intervene, unsuccessfully.
After his arrest, Atul he told the police that his father would get angry with him for not working, and would tell others about it, tarnishing his reputation. A commerce graduate with a diploma in financial management, Atul could not keep a job for more than six months due to his alcohol habit, the officer said.
Anil, Jhemse's younger brother, said, "We knew they were having some problems with Atul, but they did not like to talk about it much."
"Jhemse was a national level carom player and would play at the Mulund Gymkhana," said Giram.