An 81-year-old man from Thane has been arrested on charges of killing his 78-year-old wife on Thursday. The senior citizen apparently resorted to the crime in a fit of rage and immediately called up the police control room.
Umakant Sule has told the police that he clubbed Pushpa, his wife of 52 years, to death with a wooden stick because she had not prepared breakfast for him. He has been booked under section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code.
A pensioner, Umakant has been living in Venus building of Cosmos Park for past many years. He has a daughter who resides in Upvan area of Thane.
Quoting family members, officers from Kasarwadavli police station said the couple often fought, with Umakant alleging that his wife would not do any household chores and cook on many occasions. This led to the old man going hungry regularly.
The police said the daughter would often intervene, mediating between her parents. However, she could never succeed completely to broker peace as she stays with her own family in a different place.
About 9.15 am, Umakant called the Thane police control, saying that he had killed his wife. The call was then routed to Kasarwadavli police. When the cops reached Cosmos park, Umakant was at the spot.
In his statement to the police, Umakant told the police that he got up around 7 am and went to the kitchen looking for food. "However, there was nothing to eat. But he lost his temper when he found Pushpa in deep sleep," said investigating officer Mahesh Dharmadhikari.
A former employee of an insurance firm, Umakant told the cops that he found a wooden stick and began assaulting Pushpa. He struck her on the head repeatedly, the police said. Due to the sudden attack, she could not even resist, read the statement.
As Pushpa lay motionless in a pool of blood, Umakant called up the police, leading to his arrest. The cops then informed his daughter.
"We found the blood-stained wooden rod at the crime scene. When questioned Umakant, he confessed to killing Pushpa and narrated the events leading up to her murder. He told us that Pushpa would often not prepare food and that left him sleep on empty stomach," said Dharmadhikari.
The officer said that the couple had got into an argument on Tuesday night. "They would fight every alternate day, despite their daughter's efforts. We have sent the body to the Civil Hospital for post-mortem and produced the accused in court. In view of his age, the court remanded him in magisterial custody."