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Ongoing work on the Tillari canal unexpectedly revealed the shocking incident of a 44-year-old woman who was allegedly buried alive by her husband at Marmawada-Narvem in Bicholim taluka late Wednesday night, after he was frustrated over her prolonged illness.
The husband, Tukaram Shetgaonkar, has been arrested in this connection.
According to reports, the incident came to light by sheer chance on Thursday when some workers were levelling mud at Marmawada for the construction of the Tillari canal at about 10 am.
As heavy machinery was at work, Tukaram Shetgaonkar (46) went to the site and asked the workers not to continue with the work. The workers, however, refused his request on grounds that they had been directed to undertake the work.
The workers were then startled to find a female body buried inside the mud and abruptly halted the work. On noticing the incident, Shetgaonkar fled from the site.
The workers then alerted the Bicholim police and a police team led by PSIs Prasad Palani, Prajeet Mandrekar and Kiran Mamlatdar rushed
to the spot and workers reported the incident and the suspicious actions of Shetgaonkar.
The police later sent the body for an autopsy at the GMC hospital at Bambolim, where it was established that the deceased woman had been suffering from an undisclosed disease.
The police then summoned Shetgaonkar to the police station and during an interrogation, he reportedly confessed that the dead women was his wife Tanvi (44), who had been bedridden.
He then informed the police that he had buried her alive on Wednesday late night out of frustration and poverty.
SP North Utkrust Prasoon and DySP Gurudas Gawade later visited the site to take stock of the situation.
Police have arrested Shetgaonkar under Sections 302 and 201 of IPC and police is investigating the case under the guidance of PI Sanjay Dalvi.