A newly-married couple hanged themselves at different locations in Vikhroli (East) on Wednesday night.
They have been identified as Habib Hajara Khan, 35, and wife Faima, 25. “Both hail from the same village and had left their respective spouses and children to marry each other. Habib has two children from his previous marriage, while Faima had one from her previous marriage,” said Sudhir Nigudkar, police inspector, Vikhroli police station.
The police said Habib was found hanging inside the toilet of a cement shop at Tagore Nagar, where he would work, around 10pm.
“Habib was employed as a mason in the shop. The shop was closed, but Habib entered the toilet from the back and hanged himself. When he could not be traced for a long time, his co-workers banged on the toilet door and realised it was locked from inside. They informed us, after which we gained entry by breaking the door. Habib was found hanging,” said Nigudkar.
When locals went to his residence, they discovered Faima hanging.
“Faima was found hanging from the ceiling of the room, which is located half-a-kilometre from the shop. We suspect Habib had gone to their room on Wednesday night and found her hanging. Depressed, he went to the shop and hanged himself,” said Nigudkar.
Police described the room as completely empty.
“The room didn’t even have utensils. Habib was carrying dinner when he went to their room and found her hanging,” said Nigudkar.
The police have contacted Habib’s father, who is expected reach Mumbai and is likely to record his statement.
The police did not recover any suicide notes.
“Preliminary investigations revealed Habib and Faima married recently and came to Mumbai just five days ago. Faima, who had so far seen Habib well-dressed and well-groomed, was shocked to learn that Habib was a labourer in Mumbai, when she arrived in the city,” said Nigudkar.