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Goregaon auto driver on the run after murdering wife

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Tries to make death look like suicide, but kids spill the beans

The Goregaon police have launched a manhunt for an autorickshaw driver who is on the run after allegedly murdering his wife and trying to make it look like a suicide. The cover-up was exposed after the couple’s two children, who witnessed the entire incident, told the police what had happened.

According to the police, Pooja Goud (30) was found dead in her residence in Teen Dongri on Sunday in a manner that suggested that she had taken her own life. A team from the Goregaon police station, which responded to a call from her neighbours, initially registered an accidental death report.

However, while conducting inquiries with her family members, the police noticed that her husband, Neeraj (36), had been missing since Sunday. They pursued this angle further and ultimately, the couple’s 10-year-old son and six-year-old daughter, who were in the house when Pooja died, told the truth.

A relative of the couple, who did not wish to be named, said they had been facing marital problems for a long time, and that Pooja had gone to stay with her parents a few months ago, but had returned.

Based on the revelations made by the children, the Goregaon police on Tuesday registered a case of murder and attempted destruction of evidence against Neeraj.

“According to inquiries so far, the murder was a result of an argument that erupted between the husband and wife on Sunday morning. Neeraj was under the influence of alcohol and Pooja asked him for money to pay the children’s school fees, which led to an argument. In the heat of the quarrel, Neeraj strangled Pooja to death and then made it look like she had killed herself, after which he fled the scene,” an officer said.

Senior police inspector Harish Goswami said efforts are on to trace Neeraj.

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