Jharkhand: Man set for 6th wedding held for killing 5th wife
His first two wives ran away and live separately now. The third and fourth died mysteriously, while the fifth wife was found in a pool of blood in the courtyard of her much-married husband’s home on Tuesday night.Updated: Dec 16, 2016 08:18 IST
His first two wives ran away and live separately now. The third and fourth died mysteriously, while the fifth wife was found in a pool of blood in the courtyard of her much-married husband’s home on Tuesday night.
Ramchandra Patar, a 51-year-old from Jharkhand’s East Singhbhum district who alternates between farmhand and seasonal labourer to earn his living, allegedly killed his fifth wife Khairi as he was planning to marry the sixth time.
Before police arrested the man on charges of beating and strangulating Khairi in Asti village on Wednesday, little was known about his past crimes, though fellow villagers always suspected him to be a killer.
Patar’s three wives had died unnatural deaths over the past three years.
He had married 35-year-old Khairi of Odisha six months ago.
“Villagers told us that he beat her to death on Tuesday night after an argument. They alleged that he had killed his two other wives earlier, but he denied the charges. He said they were punch-drunk and injured themselves to death,” said Ajit Kumar Vimal, the Musaboni deputy superintendent of police.
Patar managed to evade the law earlier because there was no complaint regarding the deaths of his third and fourth wives.
But this time, police arrested him as “there were several injury marks on Khairi’s body”, Vimal said.
A case has been lodged against Patar on the basis of a complaint from his mother-in-law, Gauri Mahakud, who had accused him of murdering her daughter.
“Khairi had gone to Burdwan for job couple of months ago and returned to Asti on Saturday. On Tuesday night he strangled her to death,” Gauri alleged in her complaint.
Patar denied the charge and said Khairi drank too much alcohol on Tuesday night, lost her balance and fell on her head. “Head injuries and the cold weather led to her death,” he told police.
Villagers didn’t agree with Patar’s account. They said the couple used to fight often as Patar was planning to marry for the sixth time.
His first wife, Dasobala, lives at one end of the village with her two children. Second wife Bharati lives separately in Ghatsila, her hometown.
Villagers accused him of killing third wife Fulmoni in 2014. Fourth wife Pramila died of burns in 2015, but no one could say why no police investigation was carried out.
(With inputs from Probal Sanatani in Ghatsila)
First Published: Dec 16, 2016 08:17 IST