A day after a woman first murdered her mother-in-law by strangling and feeding her poison and then took her own life by consuming the same poison, the Shivaji Park police have registered a case of murder against the deceased woman. The police have also identified the poison that was consumed as “Phoskill”, a pesticide, said sources.
On Thursday, both women — Usha Kangutkar (70) and Akshata (32) — were found dead in their Shivaji Park house. Shivaji Park police said that Akshata, after having a fight with her mother-in-law, Usha, beat her up, strangled her and forcibly fed her poison. After sometime, she too consumed the same poison and killed herself.
A police officer informed: “Akshata got married to Usha’s son, Laxmikant, in 2000. Ever since, the two women never got along and fought constantly. On Thursday, too, they had an argument which escalated, leading to Akshata strangulating Usha with her hands and then feeding her poison. When Akshata realised what she had done, she consumed the same poison and committed suicide.”
The Kangutkar family comprising Usha, Akshata and Laxmikant and the couple’s two teenaged children lived in a flat near Ruparel College. “Laxmikant had left home at about 8.45 am and their 14-year-old son was out and the other one was sleeping inside when the incident occurred. The second son woke up and found his grandmother lying on the bed and his mother below the bed with her mouth foaming. He panicked and called his father who in turn asked him to get help from their neighbours till he got home,” said Ashok Dudhe, DCP and Mumbai police spokesperson.
A police officer said, “They consumed a pesticide. We are now trying to investigate why the pesticide was present in the house and who had bought it.
We are also waiting for the viscera report.”