In yet another instance of crimes against the elderly in Mumbai, a senior citizen was murdered at his son’s residence in Chembur over a property dispute on Wednesday. The police initially recorded the incident as a case of accidental death, but the post-mortem report and investigations revealed that 80-year-old Laxman Salve was killed by his nephew and a friend of his.
Thirty-eight-year-old Sunil Salve and Ramesh Ubale, 32, have been charged for murder and were produced before a local court, which remanded them in police custody till April 26.
The police were told that Salve died after falling in the house, but the post-mortem report indicated that he had been hit on the head with a blunt object. When the house was searched, police found a piece of plywood with bloodstains on it.
Salve, who worked as a farmer in Pune, had come to the city on Tuesday to attend the funeral of his younger brother’s son, and was staying at the Chembur residence of his deceased elder brother Tukaram, whose son Sunil was it current occupant.
Senior inspector of Chembur police Bhimrao Rathod said: “Salve had sold an ancestral property in Pune and Sunil was not happy with his share.” Sunil left the house in a huff after an argument, returned with his friend Ubale, and hit Salve on the head with a piece of plywood.