A 68-year-old woman was found killed in her Juhu apartment on Monday. Just three days back, an 85-year-old woman had been found strangulated to death in her Matunga home.
Monday’s victim, Bharti Shah, was a spinster and used to live alone in her first floor apartment in Anand Society, located in Barfiwala Lane, Juhu.
The incident came to light around 9:30am on Monday, when Shah’s elder sister, Irlaben Mehta, came to check on her. According to the police, Mehta, who lives in Andheri, had been trying to contact Shah since Sunday evening but her calls went unanswered.
On Monday morning, she called up Shah’s neighbour and requested him to ring the doorbell of her residence.
When the neighbour informed Mehta that there was no response, she went to the house and let herself in with a duplicate key. Mehta found Shah lying motionless in the house, and quickly alerted the police.
Shah had been strangulated with her stole, according to the police. They suspect that she was murdered on Sunday afternoon or early in the evening. The body has been sent to Cooper Hospital for a post mortem.
“Shah had hired two domestic help just two days back, who are missing. They are the prime suspects in the case. Robbery appears to be the motive behind the murder but we are yet to ascertain what exactly has been stolen from the house,” said Arun Bhagat, senior police inspector of Juhu police station. “We are also trying to ascertain whether she was registered with the senior citizens’ helpline,” he added.
Shah’s killing is the second incident of its kind in the past fortnight in Juhu.
In a similar incident on August 29, the bodies of Kavita Suchak, 45, and her driver Prakash Bagwe were found in the ground floor flat of the Suchaks at Jai Jagdish Society at JVPD in Juhu.
Domestic help, Ramsingh Badila and Teksingh Badila, went missing after the bodies were found.
The Juhu police later arrested the duo from Nanded in Maharashtra, along with their two accomplices.