A 50-year-old former stockbroker was found strangled and his head bashed in at his fourth floor flat in Borivli (West) on Tuesday.
Vijay Vora was alone at home during the crime, police said, and robbery appears to be the motive. Vora’s family has told the police that a Lord Mahavir idol made of alloy worth Rs15,000 is missing from the flat.
Police said Vijay’s wife, Pallavi Vora, 48, who was at Crawford Market all day, found his body covered in blood and lying in the passageway between the hall and the puja room when she returned at 9.30 pm.
Police have found strangulation marks on Vijay’s neck and it looks like his head had been banged against a wall. There was blood coming out of Vora’s ears and nose and his jaw was swollen.
Vijay’s domestic help told the police that he was alive till around 4.30pm when he left after finishing the household work. The police are questioning the domestic help and two watchmen of the society who were on duty when the incident took place.
The watchmen have told the police that three men had visited the society and they had even entered their names in the visitor’s register. The accused had written the address of the flat adjacent to the Voras’ residence. “We asked the owners of that flat who said they had not received any visitors. We suspect the trio are involved in the crime,” said a police officer from Borivli police station. No CCTV cameras are installed in the society. The police have released the sketches of the three alleged suspects.
“Vijay was a very pious man and it’s difficult to believe this has happened to him,” said a relative who had come to attend the funeral on Wednesday.
Vijay used to be a stockbroker and his wife is involved in religious social activities. The couple has no children. They had been living in the society for the past three months and used to live in a rented flat in Prem Nagar in Borivli before that.
Vora’s body was sent for a postmortem to Bhagwati Hospital and later cremated.