A day after the brutal double murder in Malad, the police are still looking for clues.
Desperate for leads, the police on Friday questioned at least 24 people, including the maid who found the bodies.
On Thursday at 6.30 pm, Kala Kavandar (45), who has been working with the Sanghvis since 17 years, as habit opened the safety door of the third-floor flat in Kirti Kunj building.
The main door was ajar. She was shocked to find homemaker Bhavna Sanghvi (54) lying near the bathroom, her head smashed with a grinding stone, and her mother-in-law Reva (79) smothered to death with a pillow.
“Bhavna’s body was found near the door of the bathroom. She must have been going for a bath,” said Inspector Deepak Patangare of the Malad police station.
Reva had undergone a cataract operation last week. Bhavna’s husband Ramesh (54), who works with an insurance firm in Borivli, is still in a state of shock.
At 5 pm, the laundryman as usual opened the safety door. He told the police that he saw a motionless Reva on the bed, but thought she was sleeping and so left the clothes near the entrance and left.
The killers stole the jewellery on the bodies — around 10 tolas — and Bhavna’s cellphone worth Rs 4,000. The police have pegged the booty at Rs 1.20 lakh.
The police also questioned the workers and owner of an imitation jewellery-making unit next door, painters who worked at the flat two months ago and even the plumber who had fixed a tap 10 days ago, but gave them all a clean chit. “The accused must have not been a professional one,” claimed Patangare.
The police are now depending on the stolen cellphone’s records for leads. According to the police, the murders took place before noon as the family usually has lunch by 12 pm, and the food was found untouched.
Reva has two sons, Ramesh and Hasmukh (50), and four daughters, who are all married. Hasmukh said: “We are shattered after losing two family members in a day and that too in such a brutal manner.”
Neighbour Govind Jadav (48) said: “I did not see anyone entering or leaving the [Sanghvis’] house at noon.”