A real estate businessman from Kalwa, brother of politician Ganesh Salvi, allegedly shot his wife with a licensed revolver Friday. The businessman identified as Dileep Salvi, 57, subsequently died due to suspected cardiac arrest.
According to the police, Dileep Salvi lived with his wife Pramila Salvi, 51, their son, and his mother in Kalwa.
“At around 10 pm on Friday, Dileep Salvi and Pramila Salvi had a verbal argument during which he took out the weapon from his cupboard and was allegedly threatening to shoot her,” said an officer, adding that “Pramila Salvi got scared and contacted their son Prasad Salvi.”
Prasad Salvi, who was out with his friends, rushed back home and while he was parking his bike outside their house, he heard a firing sound from inside.
“He ran to their bedroom and saw that both his parents were lying on the floor,” said an officer.
Prasad Salvi subsequently called and informed the Thane police about the incident after which a team was sent to the spot.
“We initially thought that after shooting his wife, Dileep Salvi must have shot himself to death. However, when we went there, we saw that there was no bullet injury on him following which both the bodies were sent to the hospital. The doctors examined him and they suspect that he had a cardiac arrest,” said a police officer.
The cause of his death will be clear only after the post-mortem, said another police officer.
Sources further revealed that Prasad Salvi allegedly told the police that his father had been consuming a lot of liquor for the past few months and regularly fought with his mother under the influence of alcohol.
“We have also learnt that Dileep Salvi was suspicious of his wife’s character due to which the couple was having a lot of fights in the last three or four months and he shot her during one such fight Friday,” said a senior police officer.
The police said a case of murder was registered against Dileep Salvi at Kalwa police station based on a complaint by Prasad Salvi.
“It is procedural,” said an officer, adding that “we will investigate what transpired and record statements after which we will file a closure report in court.”