A 20-year-old girl was clobbered to death at a makeshift shanty at a construction site in Kurla (West) on Saturday. The police suspect that the murder could be the handiwork of a spurned lover.
The victim has been identified as Sanjira Shaikh.
“Nazim Khatun (32), the victim’s mother, had left the house around 5.30 pm to fetch water from the public tap, leaving Sanjira alone at home,” said Inspector Chandrakant Bhosle of Vinoba Bhave (VB) Nagar police station.
“When she returned after half-an-hour, she found Sanjira dead.”
“Sanjira had been hit in the head with a heavy, blunt iron object,” added Bhosle.
The victim’s father, Mohammed Rustam Shaikh, works as a fitter at the construction site and the three-member family had come to live at the site around two months ago.
The VB Nagar police have registered a case of murder and are investigating the motive behind the crime.
“There were no external injuries on the body. We are waiting for the post-mortem report which will make it clear whether Sanjira was sexually assaulted,” said Sub-Inspector Shashikant Mane of VB Nagar police station.
The police are not denying the possibility of a jilted lover being involved in the killing.
“We are investigating to see if Sanjira was having a love affair. We have rounded up a few suspects and are questioning them,” Mane added.
The victim’s family has been living in Mumbai for 15 years. Sanjira was the younger of the two children.
Her elder sister is married and lives with her in-laws in Navi Mumbai.