A 55-year-old woman, Latika Kamble, was found murdered in her Vikhroli home on Wednesday evening. She is the fifth woman to have been killed in Mumbai in the last 30 days.
The murder appears to have been well-planned. Kamble was alone at home, when a person who the police is yet to identify, hit her on the head with a blunt object, mopped the bloodstained floor, and fled with her gold ornaments and a mobile phone cumulatively valued at Rs 66,000.
Kamble’s fourth floor flat, located at Kalpana Vikhar building, Kannamwar Nagar, is barely 100 metres away from Vikhroli police station. She was a homemaker and had lost her husband 10 years ago.
Her son, daughter and nephew stayed with her, and she used to be alone at home on most weekdays between 10am and 6pm after they left for work.
“The murder came to light at 5.30pm, when her nephew, who works at the Naval docks, returned home,” according to deputy commissioner of police (zone 7) Sanjay Shintre.
“However, 60 grams of gold ornaments along with Rs 30,000 that were present in a safe in a cupboard in the house was untouched,” he said.
Due to this the police are probing whether it was a simple murder-for-robbery case, or whether it was being made to appear as a robbery case in order to conceal a different motive.