The Pydhonie police have released the two sons of 90-year-old Heeraben Mehta, who was found murdered in her house in Masjid Bunder on Tuesday.
The police had detained Heeraben’s sons Jamnadas and Vinod for questioning as they had found several loopholes in their versions on Wednesday. They were released late Wednesday night.
Heeraben, a widow and a mother of three, used to live with her two sons in Shraddhanand building on Samuel Street, Masjid Bunder. Arvind, Heeraben’s eldest son, who is the complainant in the case, resides in Nashik with his family. Jamnadas and Vinod are single and are vegetable vendors.
On Tuesday morning, Arvind had come to the city to purchase gold ornaments and clothes for his daughter who was to get married next month. The police said Arvind was at a jeweller’s shop when Vinod rushed in to tell him of Heeraben’s murder.
The two men then went back to the house where Jamnadas was already present.
“Heeraben’s throat had been slit with a sharp weapon. We had asked her sons to check if anything was missing. Nothing has been taken from the house. We have questioned the two brothers and allowed them to go but they are still under the scanner,” said Pascal D’Souza, senior police inspector of Pydhonie police station.
D’Souza added that they would keep a close watch on the two brothers as they suspect the role of an insider. The police said that though the family was very poor and that there were no valuables there, the house in which they were staying was owned by Heeraben. The police suspect a property dispute to be the motive behind the crime.