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Sonari murder finger at wife

A 32-year-old man was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his Gandhi Road house in Sonari early on Friday. The role of his wife has come under cloud.

Police suspect that 25-year-old Soni Singh smothered Shiv Kumar Singh to death and took her into custody.

The couple, who married one and a half years ago, used to stay alone while a portion of the single-storey house had been let out on rent. Around 6.30am on Friday, the tenant’s mother peeped into Shiv Kumar’s room — her curiosity aroused by the soft cries of Soni — to find the man lying dead. Soni was mourning over his body that bore injuries on the abdomen and right leg. The woman alerted others, who, in turn, informed police.

Sonari OC sub-inspector Sanjiv Kumar reached the spot around 8am. Subsequently, SSP Akhilesh Kumar Jha, accompanied by DSP (headquarters-II) Rajkishore Prasad, arrived. After noting down the statements of tenants and neighbours, the SSP ordered that Soni, who hails from Patna and is a science graduate, be taken into police custody. They suspect that she had smothered her husband with a pillow.

“It is clear that the man was murdered, but the motive could not be ascertained yet. We have taken the victim’s widow Soni into custody for interrogation,” the OC said.

Shiv Kumar was unemployed, but he used to run his family by offering private tuition and with the money he earned as rent. Prakash Mondal, the tenant, described the deceased as a simple man, who hardly spoke to neighbours.

“The last time I heard Shiv Kumar’s voice was around 7.30pm on Thursday when I returned home after work. Hearing the sound of the gate, he asked his wife to check who was outside. Soni came out and after seeing me, went back and told him it was me,” Prakash, who works at an industrial unit in Adityapur, said.

Much later around 11pm, Prakash and his parents heard screams from Shiv Kumar’s portion of the house. “We came out and asked what was happening. But Soni replied, without opening the door, that there was no problem and her husband was suffering from a severe stomach ache. When we asked her to open the door, she said she could not find the key,” said Prakash.

The victim’s family members were informed and the body sent to MGM Medical College for post-mortem.

Shiv Kumar’s elder brother Manoj Singh, who stays at Kadma, however, expressed his inability to say anything about the circumstances leading to the murder.