The 24-year-old assailant Shailesh Vishwakarma had been seething ever since the woman Nilu Vishwakarma broke the news of her possible engagement with another man to him a few days ago. After stabbing her continuously, he bludgeoned her with a heavy stone, leaving her dead on the spot.
Police at the crime scene in Sachin GIDC area on Thursday
As Nilu breathed her last, Shailesh sat beside her body instead of fleeing before he was arrested by the police.
Both were neighbours in the Sai Darshan Society in Talangpur village under the city’s Sachin GIDC police station, and they were in a relationship for three years.
At around 11am, Nilu went to her neigbhour Kamladevi who stayed right opposite her house. Suddenly, Nilu’s sister-in-law Archanadevi who was working in her house heard Nilu and Kamladevi screaming. On rushing out, she went cold seeing Shailesh stabbing Nilu. Such was his rage that some 10 people who gathered there couldn’t dare to stop him.
Nilu lived with her parents, two brothers, a sister, and sister-in-law. Her sister had gone for tuition while others had left for their workplace at a mill.
Sachin GIDC police inspector JR Chaudhary told TOI: “When he was attacking Nilu, someone called the police and a team patrolling nearby reached there. The cops were surprised to see that Shailesh was sitting beside her body, and he was arrested.”
The families of Shailesh, who works as a labourer, and Nilu share the same wall in the residential society. The families are natives of the Ayodhya district in Uttar Pradesh but living in Surat for the last 12 years.
“Shailesh has not spoken a word during preliminary questioning. We are investigating to ascertain the sudden trigger for such a gruesome attack.” In February 2022, Fenil Goyani had slit the throat of 21-year-old Grishma near her house in Pasodara area after she rejected his advances. He has been sentenced to death.