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Cancer patient in Noida ‘kills wife’ for denying him sex, arrested

Barber allegedly attacked his wife in Noida village after late-night fight.

noida Updated: Jul 16, 2018 15:34 IST
Vaibhav Jha
Vaibhav Jha
Hindustan Times, Noida
40-year-old barber has hole in his cheek, fought with his wife and killed her in Noida village: Police.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT File Photo)

The police on Sunday arrested a 40-year-old barber in Noida for allegedly killing his wife after she reportedly “refused to engage in sexual activity with him” because his mouth cancer had left him with a hole in his cheek.

Ajay alias Mahesh was arrested on Sunday for the alleged murder of his wife, 36-year-old Mamta Devi, in Noida’s Chhijarsi village on July 11, police said.

“Ajay had been absconding since July 11 after his wife’s murder. In his interrogation, he told us that his wife refused to have sex with him due to his medical condition. A fight ensued which resulted in Ajay using a knife to slit her throat. The murder was discovered by the victim’s brother Rahul Kumar, who was present in the house at the time of the incident,” said sub-inspector Sanat Kumar Mishra, in-charge of Chhijarsi police outpost, Noida Phase 3.

Mamta, who was from Jalaun, and Ajay, who hails from Lalitpur district, were married for 17 years. The couple lived in Lalitpur and had two children: a 16-year-old girl and an 8-year-old son. Mamta moved to her brother’s house in Noida around 20 days ago in order to find a job.

Ajay arrived unannounced at his brother-in-law’s house in Chhijarsi village on Tuesday night, the police said.

“He arrived at Rahul’s house without informing his wife. Rahul had reportedly promised Ajay that he will take him to AIIIMS hospital in Delhi the next day. But Ajay killed his wife early on Wednesday after she rejected his advances. He also told us that he suspected his wife was cheating on him as she had not been physically intimate with him for several months,” Mishra said.

“Ajay had developed cancer last year and his condition had worsened in the past 6-7 months... My sister had moved to Noida to find job so she could financially support his treatment,” Mamta’s brother Rahul, who works in a private company, said. Mamta had recently found a job in a sewing company in Chhijarsi village, he added.

Police officials said they have sent the accused to jail after presenting him before a magistrate. “He has been booked under section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code,” said Amit Kumar Singh, station house officer, Phase 3 police station.

First Published: Jul 16, 2018 10:55 IST