After a 30-year-old woman was found hanging at her residence in Wadala late Saturday evening, five of her in-laws were booked and her husband was arrested on Sunday for allegedly murdering her.
However, the deceased’s post-mortem report states that she died by hanging.
On Saturday evening, the Kharote family informed the Wadala TT police that their daughter-in-law, Renuka, had committed suicide by hanging herself at their residence when she was alone.
Renuka’s father, Khushalrao Bhavare, approached the police alleging that the Rajesh and his family had murdered his daughter, and they had been harassing her for dowry.
Renuka’s family had earlier alleged that her husband, 32-year-old Rajesh, wanted to purchase a flat in a building constructed by the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority and that the Kharotes had forced Renuka to ask for Rs5 lakh from Bhavare.
Following the complaint, the police registered a case under section 302 (murder), 498 (a) (cruelty by husband or relative) and Rajesh was arrested on Sunday.
The police are on the lookout for Rajesh’s mother Narmada, brother Naresh, sister Savita, and sister-in-law Hari, who have been named as accused in the case and are presently absconding.
A case of murder has been registered against all of them.
The report of Renuka’s post-mortem, which was conducted at Sion hospital, says she died of asphyxia. DCP (Zone 4) Sanjay Baviskar told Hindustan Times, “Renuka’s post-mortem report said she died of asphyxia as a result of hanging.”
Police inspector R Ghughe, who is investigating the case, said the report does not weaken the case again Renuka’s husband and in-laws. “The report alone cannot determine the case. We will take into consideration other evidence too.”