Man, 35, murdered by wife, her mother, sister in Trombay
A 35-year-old auto rickshaw driver was allegedly killed by his wife, sister-in-law and mother-in-law in Trombay, early on Thursday.Updated: May 04, 2019, 00:32 IST
A 35-year-old auto rickshaw driver was allegedly killed by his wife, sister-in-law and mother-in-law in Trombay, early on Thursday. According to the police, Rahim Dilavar Khan was beaten to death by his three women relatives, which his 12-year-old daughter witnessed.
The three accused tried to pass Khan’s death off as natural and were about to perform his last rites when the police, acting on a tip-off, intervened. Khan’s wife Salma, her mother Bilkish Shaikh and her sister Tajunnisa have been arrested and charged under sections 302 (murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.
Around 2.45am on Thursday, Khan and his wife Salma were heard fighting in their home at G-sector, in Cheetah Camp. The couple, who have two daughters aged 15 and 12, were known to argue over Khan’s excessive drinking. On Thursday, the 12-year-old witnessed the fight and later recounted the incidents of the night to the police.
When the fight with Khan escalated, Salma telephoned her mother Bilkish Shaikh, 50, and sister Tajunnisa, 27, seeking help.
The other two women arrived at the Khans’ residence and then, the three women allegedly beat Khan up, smothered him in a fit of rage and smashed his head against a wall.
Thinking Khan to be injured, the trio rushed him first to a private hospital and then a government hospital. However, both declared him dead on arrival and refused to admit him. To hide the circumstances of his death, the women found a local doctor and told him Khan had died due to complications arising from drinking alcohol. The local doctor issued a death certificate so that Khan’s last rites could be performed. “The doctor who issued the death certificate was also kept in dark by the accused. We have questioned him,” said a police officer privy to the investigation.
Akhil Ahmed Abdul Kadar, Khan’s 53-year-old brother-in-law, told HT, “I received a call at around 4.30am from Salma saying that Rahim is serious and that they are taking him to hospital. Half an hour later, she again called saying that he has passed away.” When Kadar, a resident of Khopoli, reached Trombay, Khan’s body was being readied for burial. “I saw that they had readied the body for last rites by bathing it,” Kadar said.
Meanwhile, the Trombay police station received a phone call on Thursday morning, reporting Khan’s death as suspicious. In response to this call, the police reached Khan’s residence around noon, just before the last rites were to be conducted. Khan’s body was taken for a post mortem. “The post mortem revealed that Khan had injuries on his body,” said Bajrang Bansode, assistant commissioner of police, Trombay division. The police also recorded statements of witnesses, including the 12-year-old daughter and neighbours who had heard Salma and Khan fighting.
Following this, the three women were taken in for questioning on Thursday evening and later arrested.