Suraj Kalbhor, who worked as a data entry operator with a private school, was murdered on Sunday. Initially, his wife, Ankita, told the police that four robbers had attacked her husband while they were walking on her father’s farm in Gahunje around 3pm. However, the investigators noticed certain gaps in her claims and could not find any motive behind the attack.
“Kalbhor’s wallet and cellphone were untouched. The possibility of a robbery was ruled out,” Satyawan Mane, senior inspector of Talegaon Dabhade police, told TOI. “Moreover, Ankita showed no signs of being shocked by the murder,” he said.
Mane said the police started questioning Ankita and she eventually cracked. She admitted that she attacked her husband with a kitchen knife and cooked up the story of thieves assaulting him.
“She claimed her husband had been harassing her since their wedding a month ago,” Mane said. “We are yet to recover the murder weapon. We are securing her custodial remand to find the weapon and verify other aspects of the case,” the police officer said.
The officer said on Sunday, the couple visited a temple at Shirgaon and proceeded to Ankita’s parental house for lunch. “After lunch, Ankita took Kalbhor for a stroll at her father’s farm. She told us she had planned her husband’s murder, and took a kitchen knife with her. She attacked him while he was checking his phone, and when he collapsed, assaulted him with a spade and bludgeoned him with a stone,” said Mane.