A 78-year-old man bled to death after being attacked by two men at his residence in Parsi Colony, Bandra (West), late on Saturday night.
Darius Kapadia’s wife Lily, 74, walked in while the two men were still there. They tied her hands and blindfolded her before fleeing with cash and valuables worth Rs8 lakh. The duo was arrested within a few hours, the Bandra police said.
The accused have been identified as Jay Narang, 21, and his friend, Kamlesh Jadhav, 20, both residents of Parel According to the police, Narang is the son of an autorickshaw driver whom the couple would call for their daily commute.
Sources said the Kapadias have seven employees. They also had an understanding with four
autorickshaw drivers, who would help them in their commute. They had known Narang’s father for almost five years, the police said.
The police said Darius, who retired as a secretary to a high court judge, was usually alone at home as Lily would leave early in the morning for their daughter’s house in Bandra and return at midnight. “She would come home once in the afternoon for lunch,” the police said.
On Sunday night, Jadhav and Narang went to the couple’s house and attacked Darius.
“They slashed his neck with a sharp object. Lily returned at 12.30 am. When her husband did not open the door, she used a set of duplicate keys to enter the house,” an officer said, adding that an autorickshaw driver had accompanied her as he wanted to keep his belongings in the flat.
“The accused hid in the kitchen. When Lily went to the bedroom, she found her husband bleeding and calling for help. Startled, when she tried to raise an alarm, the accused pounced on her and tied her up,” the officer said.
Lily, however, managed to free herself and called the neighbours for help. The police was informed and the senior citizen was taken to Bhabha hospital, where he was declared dead.
“The police immediately swung into action and six teams were formed to catch the killers. We arrested the duo and recovered the stolen valuables,” said Vinayak Deshmukh, deputy commissioner of police.