Two unidentified persons attacked the wife of a junior engineer of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) with sharp weapons at their residence in Nigdi Pradhikaran on Friday afternoon. Police said the attack was so brutal that Shital Vinay Ovhal (35) received 17 major wounds on her face and head. She died at Lokmanya hospital in Nigdi at around 9 pm.
Police said Shital,wife of PCMC junior engineer Vinay Ovhal,was a resident of Kaleshwari housing society in Nigdi Pradhikaran. Vinay was on duty at PCMC office when two persons went to his house at around 12.45 pm.When Shital opened the door,they are believed to have told her they were gardeners sent by her husband to do some work in their bungalow and when she contacted her husband to verify this,they attacked her. She collapsed unconscious,police said. Her husband called her back on the cellphone repeatedly,but there was no response. He called up neighbours to check. A neighbour Mahesh Baride went to Ovhals residence and saw Shital in a pool of blood.
The neighbour informed Shitals husband who rushed home. Soon,a team of Nigdi police also rushed to the spot. Shital was taken to hospital. A complaint of murder was lodged at Dehu Road police station of Pune rural police. Preliminary inquiries showed that no valuables were stolen from Ovhals house.
Dehu Road police officer Avinash Dhakne said investigation was on and reasons for the attack was yet to be known. Police are probing several angles including whether the attack was the fallout of Shitals husbands rivalry with someone.