The crime branch, along with the Oshiwara police, has initiated a parallel probe into the murder of the 62-year-old man who was stabbed to death at his Lokhandwala residence on late Saturday night. The deceased, Arunkumar Tikku, was found with four to six stab wounds on his stomach and a computer mouse wire around his neck in the bathroom of his residence.
“The crime branch has initiated a parallel investigation into the case. They have also brought in a few people for questioning. However, no official detentions or arrests have been made in the case yet,” said Pratap Dighavkar, deputy commissioner of police, zone IX.
The police said that the victim’s son, Anuj Tikku, a small time-actor, has been untraceable since his father’s murder and that his behaviour has raised suspicions.
“Anuj is missing. This is not the natural reaction of a son whose father has been brutally murdered. Ideally, he should have approached us and claimed the body, but since he has been missing, his behaviour has come across as suspicious,” said Dighavkar.
Police sources said a person claiming to be the deceased’s nephew arrived at Oshiwara police station on Monday afternoon and asked that the victim’s body be handed over to him. The police, declined stating that the body would be handed over only to his son, Anuj.
“We have learnt that Anuj might be mentally disturbed and was receiving treatment at Jaipur for the same,” said a police official, requesting anonymity.