Reva sanghvi (79) had undergone a cataract operation on Saturday, hoping to see the world better in her old age. But her death put an end to all her dreams.
Reva and her daughter-in-law, Bhavna (54), were found murdered in their flat in Kirti Kunj colony in Malad.
The murderers smothered the old woman with a pillow while she was relaxing in the hall after putting eye drops. “My sister-in-law must have been killed while trying to save my mother from the accused,” said a weeping Hasmukh (50), Bhavna’s brother-in-law.
The mother of six — her two sons and four daughters are married — had been staying with her elder son Ramesh and wife Bhavna in the building for over 26 years.
Reva had lost her husband 10 years ago.
Ramesh, who has a partial paralysis, is the sole earning member and works with the Borivli branch of New India Assurance, the police said.
Ramesh and Bhavna have no children.
The 45-year-old crumbling building boosts of a number of commercial-cum-residences and has no watchman, the society members said.
“There is no restriction in our society and several people come to our society due to the commercial establishments inside. Anybody could have murdered them,” said Ranchod Panchal, a resident of Kirti Kunj.
Though there are 8-10 senior citizens residing in the society, none had registered with the police, the residents said.
“The police have now noted down our identities so that nothing like this happens again,” said a senior citizen residing in the building.
The residents claimed that this was the first time that any robbery or murder took place in the society.