A 45-year-old fishmonger killed his wife outside their house at Saphale in Palghar on Friday night, even as their 15-year-old son watched in horror. Prakash Bhoir, the accused, was arrested but he died in Saphale police station, presumably due to a heart attack.
According to the police, Bhoir lived with his two wives — Preeti and Trupti — on Kelve Road of Maykhop village in Saphale. Preeti and Trupti are sisters and have two sons each with Bhoir. On Friday night, Bhoir came home drunk and got into an argument with Preeti. He then dragged her out of the house and slashed her neck with a knife. The couple's son saw his mother being killed. Bhoir then fled from the spot.
"We registered a case of murder against Bhoir and arrested him from a brick kiln where he was hiding," said API Saste.
Bhoir was kept at the police station since they did not have a lock-up. "Within half-an-hour of bringing him to the police station, Bhoir complained of uneasiness and he collapsed. We rushed him to a government hospital, but he was pronounced dead before admission. We have registered a case of accidental death and awaiting the post mortem report. We presume that Bhoir must have died due to a cardiac arrest," added Saste.
On April 16, Preeti along with her parents had approached the police to lodge a complaint against Bhoir. Bhoir had allegedly threatened and assaulted Preeti after she refused to give him money to buy alcohol. Preeti had complained to the police that her husband was spending all the money that she earned from selling fish in alcohol. She had even told the police that she feared for her life. However, the police had then allegedly refused to take Preeti's complaint.
Bhoir was angry with Preeti for approaching the police. He had told her that the police could not do anything to him.