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Skeleton found in Mumbai flat: Residents thought stench was from nullah near building

Sahani, 63, had lived alone in aflat on the 10th floor of Bellscot Tower in Lokhandwala, Oshiwara, in Andheri (West).

mumbai Updated: Aug 09, 2017 08:45 IST
Manish K Pathak
Many questioned the lack of any stench from her house.
Many questioned the lack of any stench from her house.(HT)

While 63-year-old Asha Sahani’s body was decomposing in her flat on the 10th floor of Bellscot Tower in Lokhandwala, the residents of the Oshiwara society thought the stench was from a nullah in the vicinity, which connects to the creek.

The nullah emanated foul smell most of the time, so people didn’t suspect something was amiss.

Sahani, 63, lived alone in the flat, as her maid and driver left the job after her husband’s death in 2013.

According to society members, the son, Rituraj, told them that she had also not been in touch with him since last April. She had purportedly told her son that she planned to shift to an old age home, the details of which she didn’t give.

Deputy commissioner of police Paramjit Singh Dahiya said, “Rituraj is the son from Asha’s first husband and she stayed with her second husband, who also died in 2013. The flats belonged to him. Rituraj is a Non Residential Indian (NRI) and was staying in the US for a long time.”

Members of the society said they had informed the police about her disappearance about six months ago, when she could not be reached to pay the maintenance bill. However, the Oshiwara police denied this.

A member of the society who did not wish to be named told HT that the last maintenance bill that Sahani paid was in April, 2016. “Roughly around February 2017, some of us went and knocked on her door. When no one responded, we informed the police,” he said.

He added that they did not have her son Rituraj’s contact number. The residents of the society then made enquiries and one of them contacted Rituraj and also emailed him about his mother’s dues. “We did tell him that there had been no response from his mother,” he said.

Senior inspector Subhash Khanvilkar of Oshiwara police station denied any complaint from the society. “We came to know about her disappearance on Saturday when her son informed us about it,” he said.

“According to the preliminary inquiry, we don’t suspect any foul play. But we have been sending the remains of the body for chemical analysis,” said Khanvilkar.

An official said, “We are checking the son’s credentials to find out if he came to Mumbai on Sunday afternoon. We will inquire at the airport to find out about his arrival.”