Man kills girlfriend over her “character”, attempts suicide: Cops


NATIONAL | Oct 7, 2019:

Suspecting the "character" of his girlfriend, a 24-year-old man allegedly strangled her to death at a hotel in Mumbai's Santacruz area before trying to commit suicide by jumping before a running truck, police said on Sunday.
The incident took place on Saturday.

The accused, Vinu Kumar Harijan (name changed), who suffered fractures in his leg during his suicide bid and was admitted to a hospital, has been charged by police for the alleged murder, an official said.

"The accused and his girlfriend, Mansi Harijan (name changed), 22, had checked into Kishish Kunj Hotel located on Golibar Road in Santacruz East at 1.30 pm," the official said.

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"Mansi and Vinu, both residents of Darukhana area, were supposed to get married soon. However, the latter suspected Mansi's character and thought that there was somebody else in her life. Therefore, he decided to eliminate her," he said.

At the hotel room on Saturday, the accused strangled the victim to death with a rope. Thereafter, he leaving her body behind, he went to Sewri to kill himself, he added.

In the evening, when the hotel staff repeatedly knocked on the door of the room, there was no response from inside. Suspecting something, the staff opened the door using a spare key, found Mansi lying motionless and alerted the police.

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According to the police official, Mansi was rushed to VN Desai Hospital, where she was declared dead. Vinu Kumar escaped with a fractured leg in his bid to commit suicide before a running truck.

Police suspect that the accused sexually assaulted the girl before killing her. "However, it can be ascertained only after getting the post-mortem report," he said.

A case has been registered under the relevant section of the Indian Penal Code, police said, adding that a probe was on.