Wife-son duo kill ex-army personnel

The incident, which took place in the wee hours on Saturday, surfaced after neighbours suspected foul play and alerted the police.

The deceased ex-army man has been identified as Vishnu Sonawane (47), a resident of Mohamadwadi Road in Hadapsar. The arrested suspects have been identified as Gangabai Sonawane (45) and her son Subhash Sonawane (27). Police said that Subhash works as an accountant in a private company and is married, however when the incident took place his wife had gone to her parents’ home, as she is pregnant.

Speaking about the incident, API Sunil Thopate of the Kondhwa police station said that Sonawane was expelled from the Army in 2007 for his habit of excessive drinking.

On Friday, the couple had a fight and the suspects called the police control room to complain about Sonawane’s behaviour after which he was taken to the police station. He was reprimanded and later let off.

“He (Sonawane) used to come home in an inebriated state everyday and used to harass his wife and son, physically and mentally,” Thopate said.

“Vishnu stayed out of his house until wee hours of Saturday. When he got back, he started hurling abuses at his wife and soon the couple picked another fight,” Thopate said.

In a fit of rage the mother and son killed Sonawane using a baton meant for washing clothes and kept his body at home on Saturday before planning his last rites on Sunday. They even cooked up a story that he passed away of natural death. However, some residents developed suspicion and alerted the police.

“In the evening, we took the body of the deceased and sent it for post mortem, which revealed that he died of multiple injuries due to beating,” Thopate added. “We have arrested them under sections 302 (murder) and 34 (common intention) of IPC and they will be produced before the court tomorrow,” Thopate said. 

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