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Marathi play director Kolhatkar’s caregiver in police custody for killing Deepali Kolhatkar

The city police arrested 19-year-old Kisan Munde, who was a temporary caregiver for the Kolhatkars. The arrested man had started working in the Kolhatkar household on Monday as a temporary replacement for their usual caregiver.  

pune Updated: Feb 11, 2018 21:45 IST
Shalaka Shinde
The society where the Kolhatkars live in Erandwane in Pune on Saturday.
The society where the Kolhatkars live in Erandwane in Pune on Saturday.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

Investigation into the murder of Deepali Kolhatkar, 65, wife of renowned Marathi play director Dilip Kolhatkar has led the probe officials to believe that the caregiver murdered her in a fit of rage and later burnt her body. The wife of senior Marathi theatre personality was found in a half-burnt condition at the couple’s house at Erandwane on Thursday night.

The city police arrested 19-year-old Kisan Munde, who was a temporary caregiver for the Kolhatkars. The arrested man had started working in the Kolhatkar household on Monday as a temporary replacement for their usual caregiver.  

A resident of Bhoom region of Osmanabad district in Maharashtra, Munde was arrested in the late hours of Saturday by the Alankar police. 

“After killing her, he burnt a paper using the lamp kept in their place of worship and set the tip of Deepali Kolhatkar’s saree on fire before fleeing. We are yet to record the mother’s (Asha) statement in the case,” said senior police inspector Rekha Salunkhe of Alankar police station who is investigating the case.  

The 19-year-old was with three other members of the family in the house. Asha, the deceased woman’s 85-year-old mother, first detected the smoke emanating from the kitchen.  

“He has confessed to have committed the crime but is yet to reveal the reason behind committing it. He was arrested from his maternal uncle-aunt’s house in Karvenagar where he has been living for some time,” senior PI Salunkhe said.  

“The two got into a fight over some issue and he reacted in a fit of rage,” said Ravindra Kadam, joint commissioner of police.  

The 19-year-old was remanded in five days police custody by Judicial Magistrate First Class (JFMC) NA Patel on Sunday. During the custody, the police will try to establish the motive and try to find out whether the teenager stole anything from the house, said senior PI Salunkhe.  

“He will undergo medical tests during the police custody. He has marks of nail scratches on his face. We have to find out if the scratch marks were caused by the deceased,” she added.  

Munde told the police that he is pursuing first year in bachelor of arts from a college in Beed, according to police inspector (crime) Vijaykumar Shinde of Alankar police station. His services as a replacement caregiver was provided by city-based Sai Bureau, the police said.