Police have arrested two in-laws of a woman on charges of killing her and her partner, who were crushed under a tractor in Jalna district of Maharashtra allegedly over an "illicit relationship", an official said on Friday. The accused, Bathwell Sampat Lalzare and his son Vikas Lalzare, residents of Chapalgaon village under Ghansawangi tehsil, were arrested on Thursday, said Ambad police inspector Aniruddha Nandedkar.
Bathwell Lalzare is the father-in-law of the woman Mariya, a widow, while Vikas Lalzare is her brother-in-law, he said. The police said the 32-year-old Mariya Lalzare's husband died ten years ago and she lived with her in-laws. She was in a relationship with a married man, Harbak Bhagwat (27), a resident of the same village, they said.
According to the police statement, Her-in-laws opposed their relationship and threatened Mr Bhagwat with dire consequences when they came to know about it. Mr. Bhagwat had filed a complaint at the Ambad police station and with the district SP against the father-son duo, and also claimed there was a threat to his life from them, they said. On March 30, Bhagwat and Mariya had eloped and reached Gujarat after which a missing complaint was lodged with the police by her family, they said. On October 28, both were headed on a motorcycle to a nearby village to attend a programme when the accused Vikas Lalzare allegedly hit their motorbike with the tractor and crushed them under the wheels, the police said.
The wounded couple was rushed to a hospital but they succumbed to injuries on the way. The wife of Mr Bhagwat accused Vikas Lalzare and his father of killing her husband and Mariya, they said.