Man kills first wife and their son, buries bodies in the farm

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Dec 2018 10:07:11

  Lata Bawane, Dhiraj Bawane, Superintendent of Police Rakesh Ola supervising the investigation at the spot in Khat village on Tuesday   


Staff Reporter,

Accused surrenders before police in the wee hours of Tuesday

A man brutally killed his first wife and their 18-year-old son over a monetary dispute and buried their bodies in his farm at Khat village in Aroli Police Station area near Bhandara. After sitting quite for a week and practically erasing all possible pieces of evidence, the accused himself surrendered before the police at 3.30 am on Tuesday and confessed to the crime. The police were astonished when the murderer himself confessed to crime and expressed remorse about eliminating his estranged wife and young son in a rage of anger.

The accused has been identified as Aniruddha Bawane (45), a resident of Khat village while deceased are his first wife Lata (35) and son Dhiraj (18), both living in a rented accommodation at Dubey Nagar in Hudkeshwar area. Dhiraj was studying in standard XII.

SDPO Naina Allurkar informed The Hitavada that Aniruddha started living separately from Lata long back and married another women at Khat village, without getting a formal divorce. When Lata filed a dowry case against Aniruddha at Bhandara and also slapped cruelty charges against him two years ago, he was seething with anger and was searching for an opportunity to teach her a lesson.

As Aniruddha did not bother to pay any maintenance or alimony to mother and son duo for a long period, they arrived at Khat village on November 26 and scolded him for failing to pay any money to them for sustenance. It resulted in heated exchange between them. Aniruddha somehow managed to pacify them and fled from the spot. On November 27 at around 4 pm, Lata and Dhiraj again went to the farm of Aniruddha where they picked a quarrel with him. A police officer claimed that Lata abused Aniruddha in filthy language after which he decided to eliminate her then and there. He picked a boulder and hit on her head. Lata sustained grievous head injuries and collapsed on the ground in the pool of blood. Dhiraj, who witnessed the brutal attack, tried to overpower and assault his estranged father.

Aniruddha again picked a boulder and smashed his head. When the mother and son duo fell unconscious, Aniruddha repeatedly smashed the boulder on their head and killed them on the spot. Soon after the killing, Aniruddha went to home and had a dinner. He returned to the farm with a bag of salt at around 9 pm. He dug a big pit and buried the bodies after pouring salt so as to ensure speedy decomposition and prevent any foul smell emanating from the pit.

To cover the crime and to destroy all evidences from the crime spot, Aniruddha on November 28, hired an excavator and covered the spot with large amount of soil.  As mobile phone of Lata and Dhiraj were switched-off for three days, Lata’s brother Narayan Dahake, a resident of Katol, developed suspicion and rang Aniruddha to know their whereabouts. When Aniruddha plainly told his brother-in-law that they had gone to Bhandara on November 27, Narayan lodged a missing complaint with Bhandara police. The police called Aniruddha and interrogated him for an hour. However, Aniruddha maintained his cool and did not reveal anything during this intense interrogation. He was let off after the cops failed to get any clue.

On Tuesday at 3.30 am, Aniruddha himself arrived at Aroli Police Station and surrendered before the police. An on-duty policeman was shocked after hearing his confession and alerted senior police officials. API and SHO Ajabrao Neware visited the spot and exhumed the bodies in the presence of Tehsildar. The partially decomposed bodies were sent to hospital for post-mortem. Superintendent of Police (SP) Rakesh Ola visited the spot to supervise the investigation. The accused has been booked under Sections 302 and 201 of Indian Penal Code.