Thane police arrested wife of Shiv Sena leader Shailesh Nimse & one man, for murdering the leader on Wednesday. Nimse (43) was Sena's former office-bearer of Shahapur tehsil. Police had recovered his half-burnt body on 20 April.
Search on for 3 more accused is underway.
Addressing a press conference, Thane Rural Additional Superintendent of Police Prashant Kadam said the two accused - Pramod Lute (32) and the victim's wife Sakshi alias Vaishali Nimse (34) - were arrested. Police said that Nimse's wife had made murder plan due to his illicit relationship with other woman.
She is said to have given the contract to Lute by offering Rs 1.50 lakh and apparently paid it in two instalments.
"The deceased was in an illicit relationship with another woman. Since his wife knew about it, they used to frequently quarrel over the issue. Nimse used to beat his wife and she feared that he would desert her and deprive her of the property rights," he further said, as per PTI.
They also placed a liquor bottle near the body and parked his car some distance away. They had earlier decided that the body should be half-burnt so that final rites can be performed later, he added.
(with PTI inputs)