A software engineer was arrested on Thursday for allegedly smashing his wife to death with a cricket bat, police said. The incident was reported from Gaur Global Village apartment complex in Crossing Republik, Ghaziabad.
Police said the woman, Ruchi Sharma (30), lived with her husband Mohit Sharma (32) and their nine-year-old son. According to police, around 12.30 pm on Thursday, Mohit called police saying his wife had fallen in the bathroom and smashed her head against the washbasin.
Police reached the flat within 20 minutes and found Ruchi lying face down on the bed. “Blood was splattered across the bedroom — from the cot to the bathroom. She had a blunt force injury at the back of the head, which, prima facie, seems to be the cause of death,” a police officer said.
Police then recovered a “blood stained” cricket bat from the house.
Superintendent of Police (City) Ajay Pal Singh said, “The husband’s version is that his wife’s head struck the washbasin. However, a bat was found with blood stains and fingerprints on it.”
He said the washbasin in the bathroom was found shattered. Singh said they were investigating the matter and that the forensic department had collected samples — including the bat — for analysis.
“Forensic evidence will confirm as to whether she died after being struck with the bat, or whether her head hit against the washbasin. As of now, we can’t eliminate the possibility that the couple had an argument that turned violent, which led him to strike her on the head with the bat.”
Ruchi’s family has lodged an FIR against Mohit under Section 302 (murder). “When we reached the spot, Ruchi’s brother and sister were there. We are questioning people, but we haven’t yet learned of any dispute between the couple,” Singh said.
By Abhishek Angad (The reporter is a student of EXIMS)