A 90-year-old man was killed and his 78-year-old wife was injured after three unidentified persons attacked them at their Chembur residence on Tuesday afternoon. Police suspect robbery to be the motive as the trio fled with gold bangles and a necklace.
BB Rathod, senior inspector of Chembur police, said the incident took place in the second-floor flat of Krishna Kunj building at Chembur gaothan, near Chembur railway station.
S Parshuraman and his wife Rajamma lived alone as they did not have any children.
“Around 3.30pm, a man went to their house pretending to be a refrigerator mechanic. The other two men were hiding near the staircase,” said Rathod.
As Rajamma, who had answered the door, turned around, the men pushed her, slapped her and then snatched the gold bangles and the necklace she was wearing.
“The three then attacked Parshuraman, who was resting in another room. He received a blow on the nose and collapsed on the spot. The trio then fled from the spot,” said Rathod, adding that residents of the first floor rushed to check on the couple after hearing a commotion.
The police have so far not been able to find out if anything is missing form the house as Rajamma is currently recuperating in a local hospital. “She is currently out of danger,” the officer said.
According to Rathod, the couple was vulnerable as they were the only ones living on the second floor of the two-storey building.
“We suspect the accused had planned the attack after observing them. The building does not have a security guard or a CCTV camera, which made them easy targets,” said Rathod, adding that there was no clarity whether the couple had called a mechanic to repair the refrigerator. “We will get more details once Rajamma is in a position to talk.”
So far the police don’t have any major leads in the case. They are waiting for Rajamma to give the description of the accused based on which sketches will be prepared.
A case of murder and robbery has been registered against unidentified accused by the Chembur police.