A 26-year-old man, who had married a woman just six days back against the wishes of her family, was allegedly hacked to death by some of her relatives at Ulhasnagar in the district, police said today.
The incident took place on Monday night and the deceased was identified as Pankaj Raju Gouher, police said, adding five of the accused, all relatives of the woman, were held today.
“Pankaj and his girlfriend Pooja Soudhe, both residents of Ulhasnagar, wanted to tie the knot. However, since her family was against the marriage, they had gone for a court marriage six days back,” Thane city police spokesperson Gajanan Kabdule said.
However, her family members strongly opposed the move as the man did not have government job and his financial position was also not sound, he said.
On Monday midnight, around ten people went to Pankajs residence located on Gandhi Road in Camp no. 5 in Ulhasnagar, pulled him out of his house and attacked him with sharp weapons, due to which he died on the spot, Kabdule said.
Thereafter, the accused also turned to Pankajs parents and his brother and attacked them with weapons like swords and sickle, injuring them seriously.
“After coming out of the house, the accused also moved in the locality wielding swords and threatened the local residents that they would also be dealt with severely if they reveal the incident to anyone,” the police spokesperson said.
The five accused–as Dhannu, Lokesh, Arun, Mahesh and Shyam– were arrested in the early hours today.
Police have charged the accused under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 452 (house-trespass), 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees) also Indian Arms Act sections 4 and 25 and the Bombay Police Act sections, police said.
The hunt is on to nab another five to six accused and further investigation is on, police said.