A 90-year-old woman was found murdered with her throat slit at her house in Masjid Bunder on Tuesday evening.
Heera Mehta, a resident of Shraddhanand building, was preparing for her granddaughter’s wedding next month, the Pydhonie police said.
Although the motive behind the killing is yet to be determined, the police have ruled out robbery as nothing was stolen. However, two of her three sons have been detained for questioning.
According to the police, Heera stayed in the third-floor flat with her two sons Jamnadas, 65, and Vinod, 63, both vegetable vendors. Her third son, Arvind, a fruit vendor, had been living in Nashik for the past 20 years. He had come to the city on Monday to shop for his daughter’s wedding.
According to Jamnadas and Vinod’s statement to the Pydhonie police, on Tuesday evening, they returned to their flat after finishing their day’s work.
“The brothers said they kept their house keys with the neighbours as their mother was old and it was difficult for her to answer the door,” said an officer from Pydhonie police station, on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
On opening the door of the house, they found Heera in a pool of blood with her throat slit. They then informed other residents of the building who then alerted the police.
In his statement to the police, Arvind claimed that Vinod came running to the shop where he was buying jewellery for his daughter and told him that their mother had been killed.
Police said their initial investigation showed that there were no signs of forced entry into the house.
“Also, all the valuables and money are intact in the flat. The brothers are not involved in a property dispute. There is no apparent reason for the murder,” said the officer.
“We have registered a case of murder against an unidentified person. We suspect that someone known to the victim was involved in the murder. We are questioning Jamnadas and Vinod. No arrests have been made so far,” said Pascal D’souza, senior inspector, Pydhonie police station.