Man kills 60-year-old wife in a fit of rage, arrested

A 60-year-old woman was murdered by her husband at their Vashi residence on Monday morning, following which he went absconding, but was nabbed in the same locality late in the evening. According to the accused’s claim in his initial interrogation, he committed the act because of his wife’s refusal to move back to their hometown in Himachal Pradesh.

According to the Vashi police, Asha Thakur, a former school teacher, was found dead in a pool of blood in her bedroom at around 8 am by her maid and daughter-in-law Kirti. She lived with her husband Jagmohan and son Tushar, along with Kirti in the E-6 building at Sector-1 in Vashi. “The murder came to light when their maid found the bedroom, used by Jagmohan and Asha, locked from outside. She informed Kirti who was preparing food in the kitchen, and the two opened the door to find Asha dead. Their son Tushar was in the other bedroom when the two women found the body. They then informed the police control room which relayed the information to us. Jagmohan first choked her and then hit her head with a hammer which we found at the crime scene,” said API Ashok More of Vashi police station.
The police immediately concluded that Jagmohan was the accused since he was missing, and launched a manhunt to nab him. “He committed the murder in a fit of rage at around 4 am and panicked after realising what he had done. He then changed his blood-stained clothes and left the building while telling the security guard to keep a watch. He could be seen leaving the building in the CCTV cameras below. We began tracing his cellphone, that he kept switching on intermittently, that showed the last location as Borivali,” said additional CP (crime) F. Patil. Jagmohan, who retired as a manager from the Punjab National Bank, was roaming in the Vasai and Virar areas before coming back to Vashi in the evening.
DCP (crime) Shrikant Pathak said, “He claims his wife had been against his proposal to move back to their hometown in Himachal Pradesh which angered him and eventually led to the murder.” Family members also told the police that Jagmohan had been suffering from depression even when he was still working with the bank.

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