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Not double but triple murder: Cops

mumbai Updated: Feb 08, 2010 01:17 IST
Megha Sood
Megha Sood
Hindustan Times
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What was initially reported as a case of double suicide and then double murder, turned out to be a case of triple murder after a post mortem report of the deceased woman said she was six-months pregnant.

The Virar police on Sunday booked Dattatraya Patil (35), who was earlier arrested on charges of killing his wife and 5-year-old son on Saturday, for a third murder.

“The post mortem report has suggested that the woman was pregnant. We registered the third murder case against Patil. He was produced in the court (for the third murder) on Sunday and remanded to police custody till next Sunday,” said sub inspector Bharat Choudhari of Virar police station.

The body of 30-year-old Mangla Patil and her son Omkar was found in a flat in Gokul Avenue apartments in Virar (W) on Friday.

Dattatraya claimed that his wife had committed suicide after killing their son.

Suspecting foul play, the police grilled Patil for more than 15 hours after which he confessed to his crime.

According to the Virar police Patil, an executive with a medical firm at Princess Street, suspected his wife of having an affair with another man. He also suspected that the children did not belong to him.

On Friday, the couple had a fight and in a fit of rage Patil first strangulated his wife and then allegedly killed the eyewitness — his son Omkar.

Patil then called the police and told them that his wife had committed suicide.

“On Friday, five hours after the incident occurred, Patil called us up. On reaching the spot when we asked the watchman, Patil who was watching us from his window, gestured at us, asking us to come up. But he did not open the door when we knocked. We had to break it open and found Patil sitting in the corner of a room. Mangala was hanging from the ceiling while Omkar was lying dead on the sofa,” said PSI Choudhari.

“Circumstantial evidences suggested otherwise (than suicide) and the post mortem report confirmed the murder.”

Patil, in his confession, said that when he was killing his wife, he noticed Omkar watching.

To shut him up, Patil put his leg on the boy’s hand and suffocated him with a pillow.

Although some residents of Gokul Avenue heard loud noises, but when they banged the door, there was no response. After the murder, fearing the neighbours, Patil called the police at 5.00 am to report the crime.