Mumbai: Suspecting adultery, man stabs cop wife 13 times

Pritam Ahirekar (29) reaches the flat in Sahyadri Nagar, Charkop, where his constable wife Sangita Surve (25) is living with four of her colleagues. Illustration/Uday Mohite
Pritam Ahirekar (29) reaches the flat in Sahyadri Nagar, Charkop, where his constable wife Sangita Surve (25) is living with four of her colleagues. Illustration/Uday Mohite

A 29-year-old former employee of the state transport corporation allegedly tried to kill his constable wife yesterday by stabbing her more than 13 times in her chest, stomach, and on her hands. She has been admitted in the ICU at a government hospital and said to be fighting for her life.

At 8.30 am on Tuesday, he gets into an argument with her, which soon escalates into a fight, with the two shouting at each otherAt 8.30 am on Tuesday, he gets into an argument with her, which soon escalates into a fight, with the two shouting at each other

The police said the accused blamed her for leaving him and spoiling his life and, hence, had decided seek revenge.

In broad daylight
The incident occurred around 8.30 am, when Pritam Ahirekar stabbed his wife Sangita Surve (25) after barging into her flat in Sadguru apartment at Sahyadri Nagar. Another constable Ashwani Mali sustained injuries trying to save Surve.

He then stabs her 13 times on her chest, hands and in her stomach
He then stabs her 13 times on her chest, hands and in her stomach

Mali and two of her roommates, also constables, saved Surve and managed to take her out of the flat after pushing the accused off her. Their neighbour Prahlad Bandkar, who came to help on hearing the commotion, locked the accused inside the flat after the women came out and called up the police, said an officer from Charkop police station.

Surve’s three roommates rush to her rescue, but Ahirekar threatens them and even injures one of them. They manage to push him off her and take her out of the flat
Surve’s three roommates rush to her rescue, but Ahirekar threatens them and even injures one of them. They manage to push him off her and take her out of the flat

Trouble in paradise
Ahirekar, a clerk with the state transport body, married Surve in March 2015. After marriage, the two rented a flat in Ghatkopar and started living there. However, just a few months into the marriage, cracks appeared in their relationship after Ahirekar repeatedly accused Surve of cheating on him and constantly fought with her over it.

A neighbour, on hearing the commotion, comes to help. On seeing Ahirekar alone inside the flat, he locks the door from outside
A neighbour, on hearing the commotion, comes to help. On seeing Ahirekar alone inside the flat, he locks the door from outside

Getting fed up of the regular quarrels, Surve, a native of Karar district who joined the force in 2009, left him and started living with three other female constables in Sahyadri Nagar.

The neighbour, identified as Prahlad Bandkar, then immediately calls up the police and informs about the incident
The neighbour, identified as Prahlad Bandkar, then immediately calls up the police and informs about the incident

A disturbed Ahirekar was fired from his job soon after for not concentrating. After spending a few days on the streets, he went to Manpada and started working as a security guard at Kothare compound.

The building in Charkop where the accused, who is in police custody, tried to kill his wife
The building in Charkop where the accused, who is in police custody, tried to kill his wife

Cop speak
Senior Inspector Ramchandra Gaikwad said, “The accused has confessed to his crime. We have booked him under sections 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 307 (attempt to murder), 506(2) (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code. He was produced before the court and sent to police custody.”

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