A man allegedly killed himself by jumping before a train after stabbing his wife with a kitchen knife.

On Thursday morning, 27-year-old Archana Durgande and her husband, 31-year-old Ganesh Durgande, had a heated argument at their home in Taloja, a town in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, following which the man stabbed the woman.

Neighbors saw the wife running out of her apartment, screaming for help. They then witnessed the husband chasing her and then stabbing her multiple times in the lobby before fleeing the scene, local daily the Hindu reported.

Ganesh ran toward the railway station and killed himself by jumping in front of a train. His body was found on the tracks.

The wife was rushed to a local hospital by her neighbors where she was admitted in a critical condition with severe stab injuries on her face, neck and abdomen, media outlet Mumbai Mirror reported.

"Ganesh fled the scene and the neighbors admitted Archana to MGM Hospital in Kamothe. We learnt that Ganesh ran towards Navde railway station. We suspected that he would board a train and flee, but we found his body on the tracks," senior police inspector Kashinath Chavan told the Hindu.

"His wife hasn’t yet regained consciousness. We haven’t been able to record her statement and find out what actually transpired between them. Their neighbors told us that the couple did not quarrel often," he added.

Meanwhile, the couple’s 18-month-old daughter was taken away by their family members.

Investigation into the incident was ongoing.

In a similar incident in the northern Indian state of Haryana on Wednesday, a man killed his wife, their toddler daughter before hanging himself at their home. Police arrived at the scene and found the wife, identified as 32-year-old Manju Devi and the 18-month-old daughter lying on the bed. They then found the husband, 35-year-old Sunil Kumar hanging in the storeroom.

The bodies were sent for autopsy, which suggested strangulation to be the cause of the wife’s death. Investigation into the case was ongoing and the autopsy results of the child and the father were yet to be disclosed.

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