Thane: Man held for killing his girlfriend's stepmother for opposing their relationship in Titwala

The Titwala police of Thane rural police have arrested a 25-year-old man for allegedly killing a 39-year-old woman. The police said the accused killed the victim, as she had asked the accused to stay away from her step daughter.

Police said the deceased Soni Devraj Sherve, 39, resided with her husband and step daughter at Indiranagar in Titwala. She used to work on contract basis at the Kalyan Dombivli municipal corporation. "On July 4, as per her daily schedule she left for work. She called her step daughter in the evening informing that she is going to get some fruit s and vegetables from the Guravali market and will be late. She asked her to stay at home till she returned. Till 4 pm her mobile phone was on but later it got switched off. Her step daughter then informed her relatives about Soni's mobile phone being switched off and that she had not yet returned home. The family then approached the police and filed a missing complaint," said a police officer from Titwala police station.

The police said on July 10, local villagers from Guravali village informed the police about a woman's dead body found in the forest area. The Titwala police reached the spot and found the decomposed body. The woman was identified as Soni. "We formed a team and started interrogating the relatives and friends who were in touch with her. After interrogating different people we found Soni's step daughter was in a relationship with Samir Dalvi, 25. So we contacted him and found him suspicious. We found his location at the same spot that day and after interrogating him, he confessed to the crime. During the interrogation he alleged it was Soni's step daughter's birthday in June. She had called Dalvi for the celebration, when Soni insulted him by saying Dalvi is not suitable or worth being in relation with her daughter. So in anger to take revenge Dalvi took her to a forest area. After assaulting he strangled her to death and left her in the forest area. Meanwhile, while talking with her girlfriend he found Soni going to the market and taking a chance he killed her," said a police officer.

Raju Vanjari, senior police inspector, Titwala police station confirmed the arrest of Dalvi on Wednesday and said, "The accused Dalvi was produced in court and has been remanded in police custody till July 17."

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