The Shivaji Park police had been counselling the family of the woman who killed herself and her mother-in-law.
Akshata Kangutkar (42) strangled her mother-in-law Usha (70) to death and then poisoned herself on Wednesday.
The police had been counselling Akshata and her mother-in-law from 2015 after her husband wrote a letter to the police. Laxmikanth had written about the arguments between his mother and his wife and asked the police to provide counselling to the duo before “something” happened, police said.
The murder came to light on Thursday morning at Jai Hanuman Cooperative society, opposite Ruparel college in Matunga, after Akshata’s 14-year-old son found the bodies of his mother and grandmother. He called up his father who alerted the police. It was initially believed that both the women committed suicide. However, the postmortem has revealed that Akshata strangled her mother-in-law to death before killing herself.
“The police has been counselling the woman and her mother-in-law, every three months, over the past year. There sessions were of two hours each. Not only us but even relatives, neighbours and other society members wanted the two to settle their disputes,” said inspector Gulab Patil, Shivaji Park police.
Laxmikanth said that since they got married in 2000, Akshata and Usha were having problems and heated arguments.
The probe has revealed that the last fight between Usha and Akshata was on whether Akshata’s son should or should not go to school. “On Thursday, there was an argument between on whether the son should or should not go to school. According to the statement of the son who last saw the deceased, Usha passed some remarks on his mother before he went to sleep. After the son slept, Akshata strangled Usha and then poisoned herself to death,” said an investigator.
“The two deceased women had been calling the police on each other and they made at least three non-cognizable complaints on charges of criminal intimidation and harassment against each other,” said an officer.