Navi Mumbai, October 24, 2023: As per media reports Ganesh Mohite, a forest department staffer from Alibaug, has been arrested for poisoning his sisters, Sonali and Sneha Mohite, on October 15 over a property dispute.
According to the news published in The Times of India, on October 20, their mother, Jaimala (56), lodged a complaint alleging that she suspected that some relatives had fed poison to her daughters.
That is when a murder case was registered and the crime branch was tasked with conducting a parallel probe with the local police.
Sonali was admitted to the civil hospital in Alibaug on October 16, but succumbed during treatment. Sneha, who had been throwing up repeatedly, was hospitalised the next day. SP (Raigad) Somnath Gharge said she told cops at MGM Hospital, Kamothe, that Ganesh had mixed rat poison in their soup.
Police claimed Ganesh has confessed to poisoning his sisters. He will be in police custody till Wednesday.
According to a police officer, the sisters, Sonali Mohite (34) and Sneha Mohite (30), had been demanding their share of the family property from him.
‘Ganesh did 53 net searches for poison info’
“Days before the sisters died, Ganesh had searched the internet 53 times for information on poisonous substances,” a crime branch officer said. “Also, we have found a pamphlet of rat poison in his car.”
During the probe, it was learned that a family dispute had been brewing with Ganesh on one side and his sisters with their mother on the other.
Ganesh had transferred his family house in his name after their father, a forest department official, died in 2009, police said. Also, he managed to convince his mother and sisters to give consent for him to get a job in the forest department on compassionate grounds by assuring the trio that he would support them financially.
Police said at some point, Ganesh had withdrawn money from his mother’s bank account by forging her signature.
This resulted in the mother requesting forest officials to recruit one of her daughters in her husband’s place, angering Ganesh.