In a rather bizarre incident of sorts, Santosh Patil, a Mumbai-based man allegedly killed his wife on Saturday, after completing five days of quarantine in the couple’s balcony. The gory incident came to light when officers from the Panvel City Police were alerted of the same by the apartment’s builder, Ram Patil. Santosh is currently booked for murder under IPC Section 302.

Upon arriving at the scene of the crime, Ram revealed that he saw the couple's little boy sobbing uncontrollably as he stood at the door. “When I asked Mayur why he is crying, he told me his father Santosh and mother Sandhya (35) had a fight,” said Ram, while speaking to the authorities.

Santosh Patil, 40, tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week and was living with his wife and their 11-year-old son Mayur at Sai Satyam Building in Karanjade. Ram was informed of the dramatic episode by one of the residents after they heard loud screams and wails emanating from Santosh’s flat. When the cops rushed to the flat, they were greeted by a blood-smeared Santosh. Traces of blood was allegedly found in the hall as well.

“When we asked him (Santosh) what happened, he told he was unwell for last 5 days, and this wife told him not to leave balcony of the flat as he is showing Covid-like symptoms. After living in the balcony for 5 days, Santosh stepped in the hall which resulted in an altercation between him and his wife Sandhya,” said an officer from the Panvel City police station.

While a further probe into the brutal attack is underway, it is believed that a heated argument led to this. Sandhya was rushed to a nearby healthcare facility but was pronounced dead on arrival. “We took Santosh to hospital where he tested COVID positive. We have booked him for murder under IPC section 302. And sent him in quarantine,” said Ajaykumar Landge, senior inspector of Panvel City police station, as cited in Mid-day.

Maharashtra continues to be under a state-wide lockdown after the pandemic’s second wave had registered a steely hike in the Covid-19 cases. India continues to grapple under the deadly viral outbreak, compounded by an acute struggle for oxygen gears and hospital beds. 

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