Rajkot: Gujarat Police on Thursday arrested a professor associated with a local pharmacy college for allegedly throwing his ailing mother off the terrace about three months ago.
The incident had occurred on September 27, 2017 and the police had initially registered a case of accidental death. However the case saw a shocking turnaround after the police received an anonymous letter suspecting the incident to be a case of murder and not suicide.
The CCTV footage showed Sandip Nathwani, who teaches in a local Pharmacy college, pushing his mother Jayshreeben (64) to death as he was "fed up" with her illness, according to police.
Immediately after the incident, the Nathwani family had claimed that Jayashreeben fell off the terrace of Darshan Avenue in Gandhigram area of Rajkot - and died on the spot. after losing her balance as she was suffering from some brain disease.
However, the CCTV cameras outside the residence captured Nathwani dragging his mother to the stairs.
"After receiving the letter, we checked CCTVs installed in the apartment and the recording clearly suggested that Sandip was with Jayshreeben when she fell off the terrace," said DCP, Zone II, Karanjraj Vaghela.
He said Sandip Nathwani initially denied the allegation against him, but later "confessed" to his involvement in the crime.
"He told us that he was fed up with his mother's illness. Sandip told us that on the day of the incident he took his mother to the terrace and pushed her," Vaghela said.
Jayshree had recently suffered a brain hemorrhage. Her medical condition had led to a rift between Sandip, his wife and his mother.
Sandip is Jayshree's only son. She has two daughters also, one of whom is married. The marriage of the other daughter is also said to be one of the reasons for the growing dissent at his place.