A 17-year-old Nalasopara resident killed his neighbour on Saturday night after she refused to lend him Rs 2000 for purchasing a new phone.
The victim, 22-year-old Tanushri Dolai, was home with her 10-month-old son at the time of the incident. She stayed with her husband and brother-in-law, who were both at work on Saturday, at D.D Complex in Nilemore, Nalasopara.
According to police sources, the accused, a SSC dropout, lived right next to Dolai’s house and would frequently visit their house to play with the toddler.
On Saturday night, the teen came to her house around 9 pm and demanded Rs 2000 for buying a new phone. When Dolai refused, they got into an argument. When things escalated, the 17-year-old picked up a knife and slit her throat in a fit of rage. Following which, he fled from the spot and locked himself in his house.
When the neighbours heard the infant crying, they noticed that the door was open and found Dolai lying in a pool of blood. They immediately alerted Nalasopara police station , who arrived at the scene and sent the body for post mortem.
By the time cops arrived at the spot, the neighbours, including the teen, had gathered around the house to enquire about the incident. During preliminary investigation, they figured that Dolai likely knew the attacker as there was no sign of forced entry.
When officials learnt that the teenage neighbour would visit Dolai’s house frequently, they started questioning him. At the time of questioning, the investigating officer also found a fresh wound on his hand. Suspecting his involvement, the official continued the interrogation until the minor confessed to the crime.
The teen was booked under sections 376 (murder) and 460 (trespass) of the Indian Penal code and sent to a Children’s Remand Home in Bhiwandi. Police officials also managed to recover a mangalsutra belonging to Dolai from the accused’s possession.