Within 24 hours of a 58-year-old housewife being found dead by her husband at her Bandra residence, the Bandra police on Wednesday arrested two mute persons in connection with the murder.
The police said that one of the accused was a friend of the couple’s son in school, and planned the robbery and murder with his accomplice, a gym trainer. The duo had robbed cash and valuables worth Rs5.85 lakh, police said. While the chopper used for the crime has been recovered, the stolen valuables are yet to be traced.
According to the Bandra police, Sunil Chainani returned from his Navi Mumbai workplace around 8pm on Tuesday. After the doorbell was not answered, he let himself into the 10th-floor Pali Hill apartment with a duplicate key and found his wife, Nalini, lying in a pool of blood with her throat slit.
With the help of neighbours, Sunil took Nalini to Lilavati hospital where she was declared dead on arrival. The couple’s children — a son and a daughter — are settled abroad, the police said.
The Bandra police said that the accused — Khar residents Saif Raza Shabbir Hussain, 28, and Parvez Wahid Khan, 33 —had confessed to the crime and said they had been planning the murder for at least 15 days. Hussain, a friend of the couple’s son who is settled in Australia, is unemployed and would often visit the family, the police said, adding that they had not come across any criminal record of the accused.
Hussain had visited Nalini, a housewife, several times in the last fortnight, police said. Naresh, a resident of Madhuban Cooperative Housing Society, where the couple had been residing for three decades, said the accused were seen outside the building all day on Tuesday.
He told the police that no one got suspicious about the duo’s presence as Hussain used to stay in a neighbouring building, Gul Palace Apartments, till a few years ago.
“Hussain and Khan were produced before a metropolitan court on Wednesday and have been remanded in police custody till June 15. We have been able to recover the chopper they had used to commit the crime, but the valuables are yet to be recovered,” said Cherring Dorjee, zonal deputy commissioner of police.
The Bandra police had registered a case under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 302 for murder, 392 for robbery, 397 for robbery with attempt to cause grievous hurt or death and 452 for house-trespass on Tuesday.