A 20-year-old lady, Prachi Vikas Zade, was stabbed multiple times in Thane, India by her ex-boyfriend with whom she had recently broken up.
The suspect, Akash Pawar, 25, man then tried to commit suicide by jumping in front of two oncoming buses but escaped with minor injuries.
The incident reportedly took place in Thane’s Naupada on the Mumbai-Nashik Highway while the victim, accompanied by a female friend, was headed to work in Ghodbunder on a two-wheeler on Saturday morning.
Pawar, who had allegedly followed her, waylaid her near the LIC office and stabbed her in the chest, stomach and neck at least nine to ten times even as horrified passersby looked on.
He then tried to kill himself by running into the traffic but escaped unhurt after drivers braked in time.
Locals rushed the severely bleeding woman to a nearby hospital where she was declared dead on arrival.
Pawar was reportedly arrested after he surrendered before the Narpoli police who handed him over to Naupada as it was investigating the case.
“Akash Pawar stabbed her more than nine to ten times in her stomach and neck. She fell down in a pool of blood near the LIC Office in Naupada,” said Dr DS Swami, deputy commissioner of police, Thane.
According to the police, Zade, a second year Commerce student at Bedekar College had been in a relationship with Pawar for three years. Ever since the two broke up in June, she had been avoiding him but Pawar kept pursuing and harassing her.
But things took an ugly turn and Zade had to file a complaint against him at Kapurbawdi police station.
“We had taken preventive action against the boy then,” DCP Swami said.
The victim’s father told the media that Pawar spotted his daughter with another male friend which may have been angered him and he attacked her in a jealous rage.
“My daughter had complained against the accused a month ago. The cops claimed they took precautionary measures. I had warned them that such negligence could prove to be fatal, but they were under pressure from his uncle who is very influential,” alleged Vikas Zade, Prachi’s father while speaking to media persons.