Preliminary investigation into the murder of the 87-year-old woman, who was murdered at her Vile Parle residence on Saturday, seems to suggest that the assailants may not have intended to kill her.
Pramila Ghodi was found lying motionless in her second floor flat in Shanti Niwas building in Vile Parle (east) on Saturday morning. Gold and diamond ornaments and cash worth Rs3.63 lakh were stolen from the house.
According to the post-mortem report, Ghodi’s body had no external injury marks. Instead, she had sustained an internal injury above her stomach.
Based on the evidence gathered, police suspect that Ghodi might have woken up to the sounds of the assailants. Fearing that she would shout for help, they may have punched her.
The police will wait for the viscera report to exactly determine the cause of death, added an officer.
“Prima facie, we suspect it to be a case of a robbery that went wrong. If someone intended to murder the senior citizen, he/she would have opted to use a sharp weapon or could have strangulated her. Its unlikely a person would punch another if he/she intended to kill that person,” said senior inspector NJ Patil of the Vile Parle police station.
The police also suspect that the accused might have conducted a recce of the area and targeted the building, as it is relatively isolated. The building neither has a watchman nor a CCTV camera, added the officer.
The officer added that the three-storeyed building belongs to the Ghodi family. He said that since the house was very spacious, Ghodi’s children — who were present in the house at the time of the incident — did not hear any screams for help.