Pune: A 44-year-old man was sentenced to life imprisonment (till death) for killing his mother, wife and eight-year-old daughter in 2014, after feeding them sleeping pills and strangulating them.
Special judge RN Sardesai also imposed a fine of Rs 3,000 on the convict Sagar Madhav Gaikwad of Jambhulkar Mala, Fatima Nagar. Police said that he was debt-ridden, and after killing his family members, he had also tried to commit suicide but gave up the plan.
Around 9 am on April 9, 2014, Gaikwad walked into Wanwadi police station and confessed. The deceased persons were his mother Shakuntla Madhav Gaikwad (60), wife Kavita Sagar Gaikwad (34) and daughter Ishita Sagar Gaikwad.
Assistant Public Prosecutor Rajesh Kavediya examined 16 witnesses to prove the guilt of the accused. The testimony of his friend with whom he had shared the crime details and who had dropped him at the police station, proved vital. Police had also seized a computer and forensic analysis had found that he had searched for ways of committing suicide for three days.
According to police, Sagar, a Class XII pass-out, had worked with private companies in the past. However, he was jobless for two years before the incident. The family’s expenses were met by Kavita’s earnings, who taught in Rosary School. He had taken a loan of Rs 6 lakh from a co-operative bank, of which Rs 4.5 lakh was due, and had also invested in the stock market. He had also taken a loan of Rs 1.9 lakh from Ravi Pawar, a Hadapsar-based moneylender, at 15 per cent interest.
On April 8, around 3 pm, he strangled his daughter. Two hours later, his mother and around 6 pm, his wife. He then spent the night with the three corpses and on the next day approached the police.