Strike the rod while it’s hot, believes Gaurav Manjrekar. The 29-year-old resident of Vile Parle (E) allegedly tried to murder his bedridden mother-in-law by repeatedly jabbing a sharp needle into her throat at a private nursing home to get even with her for trying to drive a wedge between him and his wife.
Kalpana Achrekar, 55, a homemaker from Laxmi Niwas, Dikshit Road, Vile Parle (E) was admitted to a first-class suite of nearby Nityanand Nursing Home on November 8 for tuberculosis treatment, said sources at the nursing home.
Around 10.30am the next day, Manjrekar, her son-in-law, allegedly stabbed her throat four to five times with a sharp saline drip needle and also tried to throttle her, which left her unconscious, says an officer at the Vile Parle police station.
Manjrekar almost got away. He told the doctors immediately after the attack that Achrekar, while trying to commit suicide, had inflicted the injuries on herself. His display of affection for his mother-in-law the day before the attack had the nursing home staff fooled. Initially, they did not suspect him for the assault.
It was his response that raised their suspicion. "After he told the doctors that the patient was unconscious and that she had injured herself while trying to commit suicide, he left in a flurry," says a nurse at Nityanand Nursing Home.
Investigating officer B Taware says a police team rushed to Manjrekar’s house in Vile Parle (E) thereafter, arrested him and charged him with attempt to murder. "He is currently in police custody and investigation is on." Sources say Manjrekar, an MBA graduate, had recently lost his job with a private company and felt that his mother-in-law was trying to break up his marriage.
A senior doctor at the nursing home says Achrekar suffers from altered sensorium, a psychiatric disorder that limits the brain’s ability to process information. "It leads to hallucinations and may have compromised her interactions with the family." The police are probing if Manjrekar suffers from any mental illness or depression.
"His wife works with a private company while he has been unemployed for a few weeks now. We are investigating the motive behind the alleged attack," says a police officer. Achrekar, who is suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis, was shifted from Nityanand Nursing Home to the civic-run Bhabha Hospital at Bandra on November 13.
A shaken Deepak, Achrekar’s husband, says, "We are not in the right frame of mind to comment at the moment as we are disturbed and shaken."
Manjrekar’s family at Shri Cooperative Housing Society in Vile Parle (E) denied that he lived with them and refused to comment any further.