Updated: September 5, 2021 12:37:14 am
A 42-year-old man from Pune was arrested on Saturday for allegedly murdering his mother-in-law in Vile Parle on Thursday night, just a day after coming out of jail, because she was not providing him information about his wife, who had remarried while he was in prison.
The police said the incident took place around 11.30 pm at Pitlewadi on Hanuman road in Vile Parle (East). The deceased Shamal Shyam Shigam used to stay with her daughter Leena.
The accused Iqbal Shaikh is a resident of Bamanwada in Vile Parle (East) and had married Leena in 2011. The couple have a daughter and a son – both aged below five years.
Shaikh had been released from Yerwada jail in Pune on September 1 after completing three years of imprisonment in a chain snatching case registered at Dahisar.
The police said that soon after, Shaikh went to meet Leena and found that she had remarried and had a 11-month-old son. She was also pregnant. “He threatened Leena to leave her second husband. Next day, when he again went to visit her and their children, he found that they had left,” said an officer from Vile Parle police station.
When he asked Shigam for their whereabouts, she refused to divulge details. “In a fit of rage, he assaulted her with tiles and a knife,” said the officer. The police found her in a pool of blood. She was declared brought dead before admission at a nearby hospital.
As Shaikh had been released from Yerwada jail, the police suspected he would try to get in touch with his prison inmates in Pune. With the help of informers, the police learnt that he was in Pune. “We came to know that he is in Boisar and arrested him from there,” said Shivshankar Bhosle, Assistant Inspector of Vile Parle police station. The police said Shaikh planned to change his identity and settle down in Nashik or Andhra Pradesh, where his father hails from.
“He has 28 crime cases lodged against him and has been convicted in eight cases,” said Inspector (Crime) Rajendra Kane.
Shaikh has also been externed twice from city limits owing to his crime record. Most of the cases against him are connected to burglaries, chain snatching and body offences. The police said this is the first time he has been booked for murder.
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