A 30-year-old man killed his year-old daughter over suspicion that she was born out of an illicit relationship between his wife and another man. The incident came to light yesterday after the girl’s mother, unaware about the murder, approached the police and lodged a missing person complaint a day after she failed to trace the infant’s whereabouts.
The accused was identified as Govind Tukaram Padile (30), a resident of Akashnagar, and a construction labourer. Govind strangulated Bhakti and threw her body into a stone quarry at Akashnagar in Warje. The police have recovered the infant’s body from the quarry.
Inspector Sunil Darekar of the Warje police station said, “Govind and his wife Kalyani had a stormy relationship, with the two always fighting over Bhakti’s birth. Govind suspected that the girl was born out of an illicit relationship between his wife and some other man. Govind used to suggest that Bhakti be given foradoption.”
Govind and his wife had a heated argument over the same issue on Friday as well following which he took both of them to the quarry saying that he got work. He made them wait with him pretending that he had to work late night. Sighting an opportunity, Govind strangulated Kalyani and Bhakti.
While Kalyani fell unconscious, Bhakti died on the spot following which Govind returned home the same night. Kalyani came home on Saturday after gaining consciousness and that is when she realised that Bhakti was missing. When she checked with Govind regarding Bhakti’s whereabouts, he claimed he was clueless where she was.
“It was Govind’s suspicious behaviour that prompted his wife to lodge a missing person complaint about her daughter. Upon questioning, she revealed that the duo fought regularly over Bhakti. Later, when Govind was questioned, he confessed to murdering his daughter after taking her along with him on Friday,” Darekar said.