Tax official attacks wife with kitchen knife, flees

The Deputy Commissioner of sales tax is on the run after he attacked his wife with a kitchen knife at their Borivli residence on Thursday night.

The Borivli police have registered a case of assault and are on the hunt for the commissioner. Accused Deepak Sankhe’s wife Shobha, in her complaint to the police, said that her husband was an alcoholic, and this had caused great turmoil in their marital relationship.

Speaking to MiD DAY on phone, Shobha said, “It has been six years since our marriage, and life is hellish. My husband was in such a high post, and yet his behaviour towards me was terrible.

Living with him was a nightmare. I have suffered for all six years of my marriage. He even tried to kill me, but I was saved in time. I don’t want to speak any more on the issue. I am going to mother’s house, where I will live.”

Mumbai crime, Tax official attacks wife with kitchen knife, flees
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Shobha is stenographer in the finance department at Mantralaya, while Sankhe is deputy commissioner of the sales tax department in Nallasopara. The couple have three children. They settled down in Jayesh HSG Society, Vazira Naka, Borivli (West). Shobha is the second wife of Sankhe, who is also her second husband. Officials from Borivli police station said that the couple would fight on a daily basis over Sankhe’s alcohol addiction.

On Thursday night, the couple had another of their routine disagreements. Sankhe allegedly abused Shobha. He then went into the kitchen, and brought out a kitchen knife.

Shobha armed herself with a wooden stick. Sankhe slashed Shobha twice, on her arms and shoulders. Defending herself, Shobha hit him with a stick, causing him to drop the knife.

The terrified children were present in the apartment as this skirmish ensued, and started screaming in alarm. Sankhe had gone in to bring a hammer, when several neighbours arrived to intervene. Fearing his arrest, Sankhe fled, leaving behind even his mobile phone.

Shobha was taken to hospital for treatment, after which a complaint was registered against Sankhe. A case under Section 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons) of the IPC has been lodged at Borivali police station.

Shobha told the police that Sankhe had even assaulted her in the past. A police officer said, “We have information that Sankhe was in his office in Nallasopara. A team has been dispatched there.”  

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