Man kills estranged girlfriend, her sister-in-law to take revenge

The accused suspected that his girlfriend was avoiding him and getting influenced by her husband's sister; he murdered the duo in a hotel at Panvel

A 32-year-old man from Khopoli has been arrested for murdering his girlfriend and her sister-in-law in an abandoned hotel at Panvel as he suspected that his girlfriend was getting influenced by her sister-in-law and was avoiding him.

Police nabbed the accused, identified as Chandrakant Gaikwad, after the deceased’s husband filed a missing person’s complaint for his wife, son and sister.

Panvel murder, man murders girlfriend and her sister-in-law
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On September 30, a man informed the New Panvel police about the bodies of two women and a little boy lying in Golden Hotel in Panvel, which has been abandoned for the last 15 years. Cops reached the spot to find the two women dead, but the two-year-old boy was unharmed.

The next day, a man approached Kharghar police station to file a missing person’s complaint for his wife, son and sister. As the police station had been informed about the dead bodies, they took the man, Anil Thakur, to New Panvel station. Anil identified them as his wife, Darshana Anil Thakur (30) and sister Bharati Thakur (24).

He told the police that the duo had left home with his son on September 30 around 1 pm, saying they were going to attend some programme, but did not return.

During interrogation, Anil confessed that his wife had met a man, Chandrakant Gaikwad, a year ago in a hospital where her brother was undergoing treatment. Gaikwad would often call Darshana, and Anil suspected that they were having an affair. She would also delete her call information and messages from her phone to hide it from her husband.

“When Anil told us about Gaikwad, we started searching for him. We found him at a temple in Khopoli. He had been staying there after his family had kicked him out. Gaikwad confessed killing the two women. He said that he and Darshana had been seeing each other and they used to meet at the hotel every Tuesday at 1 pm, and her sister-in-law Bharati used to accompany her,” said Milind Hiwale, police inspector from New Panvel station.

“Gaikwad said that Bharati had a boyfriend and after some time, he found out that she was also getting close to another man. He said that from the last one and a half months, he started suspecting that Darshana was avoiding him and her behaviour had started to change, which he felt was because of her sister-in-law’s influence. He therefore decided to kill both of them,” Hiwale added. Gaikwad was arrested under section 302 (murder) of Indian Penal Code.

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