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Woman, lover held for husband’s murder

In the net: Kasarwadavli police with the accused, who have been remanded in police custody till January 7.

In the net: Kasarwadavli police with the accused, who have been remanded in police custody till January 7.  

Wife mixes pills in husband’s food, duo beats him with iron rod

The Kasarwadavli police on Monday arrested a 27-year-old woman and her paramour for the murder of her husband in Thane last month. The police said that the accused brutally murdered the victim while his seven-year-old daughter was sleeping in the next room.

The police said, the husband, Gopal Naik (30), was a sweeper with the Thane Municipal Corporation and stayed with his wife Priya (27) and their daughter in the TMC sweepers’ quarters in Gaimukh area. The police said Gopal was brought to the Thane Civil Hospital at 4.15 a.m. on December 29, where he was declared dead before admission. The people who brought him – later identified as Priya and her paramour Mahesh Karale (25) – left immediately after filling in Gopal’s details in the paperwork and telling the hospital staff that he met with an accident.

After the post-mortem indicated blunt force trauma to the head, the hospital authorities informed the police about the matter. A team was then sent to the hospital to conduct inquiries. Based on the details in his paperwork, the police visited his house and found the daughter alone.

“We saw blood stains on the floor and attempts to clean it up. We were then on the lookout for Priya. The daughter told us she saw her mother talking to Mr. Karale on video chat several times,” senior police inspector Dattatray Dhole said.

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Mr. Dhole said the investigating team tried to track the locations of Ms. Naik and Mr. Karale’s mobiles, but both their phones were switched off. On Monday morning the phones were turned on and their locations were traced to Neral near Matheran. The team then rushed to the location and arrested the accused on Monday night.

Mr. Dhole said, “The couple had been married for 10 years. Ms Naik and Mr. Karale met each other on Facebook a year ago and had been in a relationship for the last six months. Inquiries with some of the couple’s relatives indicate that Gopal had found out about the affair and that it had led to frequent fights between them.”

The police said Ms. Naik had mixed sleeping pills in Mr. Naik’s food. When he fell asleep, she called Mr. Karale in the early hours of December 29. The duo tried to strangle him in his sleep, but he woke up. In the ensuing scuffle, Gopal bit Mr. Karale on his wrist. The duo then allegedly hit him on the head with an iron rod. They then took him to the hospital after making sure he was dead, the officers said.

The duo has been charged with murder under the Indian Penal Code and have been remanded in police custody till January 7.

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