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Chartered Accountant Kills Wife, Makes it Look Like 'Road Accident' to Claim Rs 60 Lakh Insurance

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The incident took place in Gujarat's Banaskantha district and the accused Lalit was arrested after his wife's relatives raised questions over her death.

A chartered accountant from Gujarat's Banaskantha district has been arrested for allegedly killing his wife and making it look like a road accident in order to claim Rs 60 lakh as insurance, police said on Saturday. Bhildi police station had, on December 26 last year, registered a accidental death case after a woman, identified as Dakshben Tank, died after being hit by a vehicle, an official said.

"After the woman's kin raised some suspicions, we started a deeper probe and found, through surveillance and call data analysis, that she was murdered. Her husband Lalit Tank had paid one Kirit Mali Rs 2 lakh to make the murder look like an accident. Tank wanted to claim Rs 60 lakh as insurance from a policy taken just three months before," he said. "On the morning of December 26, Lalit, while taking his wife to a temple, shared his location with an accused driver. Lalit ensured he was maintaining a considerable distance while walking. The vehicle hit Dakshaben at high speed, killing her on the spot," he said.

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The official said Lalit was arrested on Friday while hunt for others was underway.

first published:February 06, 2021, 23:20 IST