RAJKOT: A 23-year-old pregnant woman from Rajkot was stabbed to death and her body abandoned in the forest area near Bhavnath Taleti in Junagadh allegedly by her live-in partner for four years. Police on Saturday arrested the Mansukh alias Tino Jadav (32) for the murder of his partner Urmila Solanki, suspecting her of having an affair.
Urmila’s body was found in the forest area on Friday evening. Junagadh deputy superintendent of police Pradeepsinh Jadeja told TOI, “The woman’s body was dragged for about 10 feet. Her left hand was missing, perhaps eaten by a wild animal.”
Deputy commissioner of police (zone-1) in Rajkot Pravin Kumar said, “Jadav suspected that Urmila was having an affair. They had quarrels over the issue earlier too. In Bhavnath, Jadav rebuked Urmila for having an affair following which the duo had a heated argument. Jadav stabbed Urmila about half a dozen times killing her on the spot.”
According to a complaint filed by Urmila’s mother Bhavna Solanki with Bhavnath police station in Junagadh, Jadav wanted Urmila to terminate her pregnancy, but she insisted on continuing with it.
The complaint further stated that Urmila was in a relationship with Jadav for the last 10 years. But they had started living together in Rajkot about four years ago. Police said that Jadav was into bootlegging and had been arrested in the past.
Bhavna stated in her complaint that Urmila had come to stay with her as she was 3-4 months pregnant. On February 8, Jadav took Urmila saying they were going to Junagadh.
On the evening of February 8, Bhavna called Urmila several times but her mobile phone was switched off. Even Jadav’s phone was not reachable.
The next day, Urmila’s younger sister Kajal met Jadav at Rajkot civil hospital. When she asked about Urmila, Jadav said that she will return home soon. When Urmila did not return, Bhavna approached Aji Dam police station in Rajkot.
Police traced Jadav, who was on the run, on Friday morning and brought him for questioning. During interrogation, Jadav confessed to killing Urmila and dumping her body in a forest near Bhavnath Taleti. Rajkot police informed their counterparts in Junagadh and reached the spot with accused Jadav to search the body and verify the identity.
According to police, on February 8 Jadav took Urmila to Diu and from there they reached Junagadh. Jadav took her into the forest of Bhavnath under the pretext of offering prayers at a shrine and allegedly killed her.