In a shocking incident, a double murder and a suicide have been reported from Kolkata and Bengaluru. A 42-year-old man who lived in Bengaluru with his wife and son, flew into Kolkata on Monday and shot dead his mother-in-law at her home in an upscale apartment building. His father-in-law too was in the house, however, he ran out of the flat, locking it behind him as he shouted for help.
When the police arrived, they found both the mother-in-law as well as the man lying dead inside. They also found a suicide note in which he confessed he had killed his wife in their Bengaluru home before travelling to Kolkata to commit the second murder. Police in Bengaluru rushed to the man’s home in the city’s Whitefield neighbourhood and found the wife’s body.
Amit Agarwal was a chartered accountant and had been married to Shilpi Dhandhania for several years. They had a 10-year-old son as well. The couple were estranged and on the verge of a divorce, according to the police.
Amit, now deceased himself, reached his in-laws’ flat in Kolkata’s Phoolbagan area at around 5.30pm yesterday. There was a heated argument. An apparently agitated Agarwal then whipped out a gun and shot his mother-in-law, Lalita Dhandania, at point blank range.
A terrified father-in-law, Subhash Dhandania, 70, rushed out of the apartment, locking it behind him, and ran to his neighbour for help.
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The police arrived to find Mrs Dhandhania lying dead and Amit too lying in a pool of blood on a bed with his gun on the floor nearby. The police then found a suicide note in which the dead husband declared he had also killed his wife in Bengaluru. The cops in the Karnataka capital were immediately alerted and rushed to his apartment where the DCP of Whitefield confirmed the wife’s murder.
According to Kolkata police, legal action is being taken. Details of the minor son’s location are not being shared, however, Kolkata Police has confirmed that he is safe.
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In another case reported from Punjab, police on Saturday arrested the wife and in-laws of a 21-year-old youth who committed suicide by consuming poisonous substance in the Machaki Kalan area of the Faridkot district.
After a complaint lodged by the deceased’ farther, the police have booked wife and five members of her family under Section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code. All the accused has been arrested, police said.
Sub-inspector Kulwinder Singh said that deceased was reportedly under pressure as his in-laws were intimidating him over some personal issue. He consumed poison after having an argument with in-laws on Tuesday. He was declared brought dead by doctors at the civil hospital.
Have our divorced laws become so unbearable that Men are either resorting to ending lives of their estranged partners and family, as well as killing themselves? Time for our judiciary to rethink on such biased laws that are driving Men to take these extreme measures. In no way, one can justify these acts, but it surely demonstrates the acute pressures men are going through during never ending divorce battles in India.
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