Four teams of Mumbai police have been despatched to different parts of the country to track down the two servants who fled after allegedly killing their employer, Kavita Suchak, and another domestic help in Juhu on Tuesday.
The accused, Ramsingh Badila and Teksingh Badila, hail from Nepal and had been working at the Suchak residence for the past four years, police said.
Kavita's husband Yogesh, a finance consultant, had gone to the US 10 days ago. The family resided at the ground floor flat in Jai Jagdish society, Road No 5 in JVPD.
Kavita's three children were away at school on Tuesday afternoon and the 45-year-old lady was alone in the house with her two domestic helps and a driver.
According to the police, the two accused tied-up Prashant Bagve, who was employed with the Suchaks as a driver for the past 14 years, with a cellophane tape and strangulated him before proceeding to the bathroom where they hit Suchak on the head with a sickle. The sickle was found lying at spot and has been seized by the Juhu police.
The incident came to light after one of Kavita's children returned home and found no response to the doorbell. Later, the other two children returned from school and the trio approached a relative living nearby who had an extra pair of keys.
The children opened the door with the spare keys only to find the bodies of Kavita and the driver inside the house.
“The duo tried to break the safe in the cupboard but did not succeed,” said VS Mhetre, assistant sub-inspector of the Juhu police. “The house had been ransacked. However, we have not been able to ascertain how much cash and valuables have been stolen. It is only after Yogesh comes back will we know what all is missing.”
Police suspect that though the two servants had been working at the Suchak residence for a long time, they did not know where the family kept its valuables and hence, ransacked each and every room. During a telephone conversation with the police, Yogesh revealed that the family was not in the habit of keeping much cash and gold at home.
As a fallout of this incident, Pratap Dighavkar, DCP - Zone IX, said that the police would get in touch with Nepali
associations in the city and ask them to get all their members registered with the local police stations. The meeting is likely to happen sometime this week, Dighavkar added.