PUNE: A dispute over divorce turned tragic for a couple when the husband stabbed the wife and later killed himself at the wife’s residence in Tingrenagar, Vishtrantwadi, on Saturday afternoon. Sheetal Raosaheb Salunkhe (32), who has been critically injured, is undergoing treatment at a private hospital. The husband has been identified as Kiran alias Kisan Baburao Mohite (35) of Balajinagar in Katraj.
Inspector Pandurang Gofane (crime) of the Vishrantwadi police told TOI that the couple from Sangli got married in 2002 and later shifted to Pune. With their divorce case pending before the court, they had been living separate for the past few years.
When Mohite came to know that Sheetal was preparing for a second marriage, he went to her house to talk about it. “They had a heated exchange of words. In a fit of anger, Mohite pulled out a knife and stabbed Sheetal in her stomach. She raised an alarm and ran out of the house. The neighbours admitted her to a nearby private hospital”.
“Meanwhile, Mohite locked the door from inside. He used Sheetal’s dupatta and hung himself to death from a ceiling fan. After we were informed about the incident, which took place around 2.45 pm, we reached Sheetal’s house. No one responded to the door bell. When we looked inside the window, we saw Mohite hanging from the ceiling. We broke opened the door and brought his body down. So far, we have not found a suicide note,” Gofane said.
Mohite was running a medical shop at Sadashiv Peth while Sheetal works with a private firm. Mohite’s body was sent to Sassoon hospital for post-mortem. Police have registered a case of attempted murder against him under section 307 of the Indian Penal Code, he added.
When TOI contacted Navnath Bhor, the medical officer of Kedarnath hospital on Alandi road where Sheetal is admitted, Bhor said her condition was critical and that she was in a state of shock. “Sheetal has received injuries on her right hypo chondrik region”, he said.