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Chhota Rajan trial: I still don’t know what my husband did for a living, says John Pareira’s wife

mumbai Updated: Jul 19, 2017 08:56 IST
Charul Shah & Manish K Pathak
Charul Shah & Manish K Pathak
Hindustan Times
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Gracy, John Pareira’s wife.(HT)

Mumbai: John Pareira’s wife Gracy told HT on Tuesday that she still doesn’t know how her husband - an alleged smuggler - made a living. She said that the family was secure while he was alive but his murder changed everything.

She said John was the sixth of his parents’ 17 children. The family lived in Juhu village, on a plot opposite a five-star hotel. “There were fights at home every day. Sometimes they turned ugly, such as a the time his sisters lodged a false complaint against him and got him arrested. He was beaten up by the police and was kept in the lockup overnight,” she said. John, however, never let anything affect them, she added.

She said, “He never discussed his work with me. Whenever I asked him about his job, he would say, ‘Don’t get into that, I am bringing enough money home’. I don’t know why he was killed and who was behind it.” The only time she saw him work was when he would go fishing with his elder brother and help him put out the net.

After years of being shunned by her husband’s family and cheated by people pretending to help, Gracy met Valmik Darkonde, an autorickshaw driver. “He used to buy alcohol from my brother-in-law. He saw us struggling to make ends meet and offered to help. He also asked me to marry him but I wasn’t ready and refused. Despite this, he helped us. He would take a tiffin for Helen twice a day.”

Damodar passe away two years ago and Gracy now lives at Mira Road with her youngest son Jackson. Her elder son lives separately with his family.

First Published: Jul 19, 2017 00:46 IST