The two civil lawyers, aunt Femida Shaikh, 60, and her nephew Arsh Ahmed Shaikh, 27, who were found dead in their Bhendi Bazaar flat on Monday, were murdered by the senior citizen’s Merut-based brother Aslam Shaikh, 40, according to the JJ Marg police.
Aslam, who has confessed to the crime, is remorseless and has told the police that ill-treatment and Femida’s refusal to give him money made him come to Mumbai to kill her.
The police cracked the case after Aslam could not explain the injuries on his fingers, and kept his plan to revisit Mumbai after the murders under wraps. He was remanded in police custody for 15 days on Friday.
Femida and Arsh’s bodies were found at their Peru Lane residence in Pathanwadi area of Bhendi Bazaar on October 10 after neighbours reported foul stench emanating from it.
Since Femida’s Mumbai-based brother Iqbal Rafiq Shaikh is behind bars for an extortion case, the police called Aslam to claim the bodies, but he refused. However, when it was found that he had booked a train ticket to Mumbai, they got suspicious.
“We apprehended him at Mumbai Central railway station, and during questioning, he admitted to the crime,” said Khanderao Patil, senior police inspector of JJ Marg police station.
Aslam had wounds on his hands, but the police found his explanation that they were sustained while handling a piece of tin implausible. Aslam then confessed and told the police: “She would treat me as a servant. She had money to feed animals and birds, but when I asked her for even Rs100, she would refuse.”
Aslam came to Mumbai on October 7, and bought a knife from Null Bazaar. He reached Femida’s house at around 2am and entered with a spare set of keys. “Aslam stabbed Femida 12 times in a fit of rage. Arsh was also stabbed when he tried to intervene,” added Patil. He returned to Meerut the same day.