A priest of a temple in Malabar Hill stabbed a 35-year-old married woman on Wednesday after she spurned him.
He then tried committing suicide but residents stopped him from doing so. The victim, Neeru Gadvi and her sister-in-law, Rekha, used to work as maids on the temple premises. Neeru, who sustained multiple injuries, is recuperating at Nair Hospital.
Vinod Dwivedi (45), the priest at Chamunda Devi temple in Banganga, is being treated for self-inflicted injuries.
Both Neeru and Dwivedi stayed at Banganga Ramkund Nagar in Walkeshwar.
The police said the incident occurred at Grant Road bridge when Neeru along with her sister-in-law, Rekha was heading towards Grant Road station.
“Dwivedi, who had been following them from Walkeshwar, approached them. He attacked Neeru with a knife and also tried to stab her with a broken bottle. When Rekha intervened, she too got injured,” said senior inspector Sanjay Diwadkar.
When passersby and residents intervened, Dwivedi popped some tablets and slashed his hand.
Following harassment by Dwivedi, Neeru and Rekha had left the job six months ago. They had been working at the temple since 2008. “We have booked Dwivedi for attempt to murder. We will arrest him once he is discharged,” added Diwadkar.