Bhayander resident Girish Pote, 35, who murdered his wife Madhuwanti Pathak, 33, a French national, and chopped her body into three pieces inside their flat, realised it was not easy to dispose of the body single-handedly. Hence, he decided to take his cousin brother, Nitin Gadare, into confidence and lure him by offering an equal share in the property money from Pathak’s house at Sagar Mahim Society in Mahim near Hinduja hospital.
Police sources said, “Pote was helpless after he realised that the task of disposing of the body could not be done alone and, hence, wanted Gadare’s help. He went to the extent of tempting him
with the property share, but Gadare ignored the offer and informed us.”
During interrogation, Pote revealed that he had multiple affairs and spent a major portion of the money they got after selling the flat at Rohira Mansion in Mahim.
Residents staying in Sagar Mahim Society recalled that Madhuwanti’s mother, Francoise Roditi, was a flute player and has performed with Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. The residents have been in a state of shock since hearing the news.
“We were aghast to find out that Madhu was brutally killed by her husband. Her mother was a very kind and helpful woman. Madhu was an introvert and used to stay out till late night. Her mother died of cancer in 2009,” said a resident.
“They had sold their flat in Rohira Mansion but they have a flat in our building and it can fetch a good price, up to Rs50 lakh.”
“The French embassy is yet to establish contact with the Roditi family. We are waiting for their response, so that we can hand over the body to them. We have recreated the crime scene and have recorded Pote’s statements,” said Dinkar Pingle, senior inspector, Navghar Police Station.