Professor held for murdering wife,daughter

'Umbarkar and his wife used to fight over petty issues,' says police.

Written by Agencies | Thane | Published: July 24, 2012 2:59:18 pm

Local police have arrested a professor from a hospital where he was undergoing treatment for attempting suicide after allegedly killing his wife and nine-year-old daughter at his residence earlier this month.

Sanjay Umbarkar (42) was held on the weekend and has been booked under sections 302 (punishment for murder) and 309 (attempt to commit suicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC),police inspector Bhagwat R Chowdhary said,adding Umbarkar was produced before a local magistrate who remanded him in police custody till July 25.

A professor at Annasaheb Jadhav College in Bhiwandi,Umbarkar allegedly stabbed to death his wife Swati (40),also a lecturer,and daughter Atharva at their flat in Vardhaman Garden. Apartment at Balkum locality on the night of July 3,police said.

Umbarkar’s son Rigved (15),who witnessed the alleged murders,had narrated the incident to police.

According to police,the professor also attempted to kill himself after the crime and was rushed to a local hospital where he was undergoing treatment before his arrest.

Police said Umbarkar and his wife often used to fight over petty issues and a similar argument on July 3 could have pushed him to take the extreme step.

Police have recovered the knife allegedly used by Umbarkar in the double murder.

The case is being investigated by Kapurbawdi police.

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