A merchant navy officer allegedly murdered his wife and her ‘lover’ before surrendering before police at Kamothe in Navi Mumbai Wednesday. The victims were reportedly having an affair for the past eight months.
According to investigators, Merchant Navy officer Druhkant Thakur (26) and his wife Sushmita, who was a second-year medical student, were living separately since June and had planned to get divorced.
Sushmita, police said, was living with her ‘lover’ Ajay, who worked in an overseas firm, at Vedant Dhrushti society in Kamothe’s sector 19 area, where the incident took place.
On December 6, Druhkant returned from an official trip from Dubai and started staying in Sushmita’s rented apartment.
Sushmita and Ajay had been travelling since December 3. Police have found that Druhkant gained access into the flat after the neighbours gave him the keys.
They had also informed him that Sushmita was moving out of the house by the end of the month.
Officers said when Sushmita and Ajay returned on Tuesday, a “showdown” took place.
“There were arguments over the divorce, said the other residents, “ said an investigating officer.
Police said evidence found in the house suggested that the three had dinner together.
“Around 5 am, Druhkant picked up a kitchen knife and slashed Ajay’s throat while he was sleeping in one of the bedrooms,” said an officer.
The accused then went to the living room where his wife was sleeping and smothered her with a pillow.
According to police, Druhkant then contacted his sister in Airoli and confessed his crime before trying to hang himself.
“He tried to hang himself with a tie. But, the tie snapped from the fan. He then went downstairs where the watchman saw him, with his clothes stained with blood,” a police officer said.
The watchman, Kamal Singh, said Druhkant was in a state of shock when he spotted him.
“He had a smartphone in his hand, but he could not dial any number as his hands were trembling. The only thing he said was that he wanted me to contact the police,” said Singh, who called the control room.