After the body of a 65-year-old woman was found at her Dahisar (East) chawl on Tuesday, the police on Friday arrested the wife of her adopted son as the autopsy report revealed that she had been strangled to death.
The wife has been held on murder charges, while her brother, the other accused, is wanted. The woman allegedly murdered the senior citizen to usurp her property.
The police said that the deceased, Kruhsnabai Devrao Kolhe, who worked as a sweeper, had adopted Santosh Mohite 38, a security guard, around a decade ago after meeting him at her workplace in Dahisar. Santosh was living with her at room 12 in Magrusingh Chavan chawl. After Kolhe got Santosh married to the accused, Seema Ingale, 36, she also started living with them.
The Dahisar police said that after Kolhe was found dead, she was rushed to the Bhagwati hospital and her body was sent for a post mortem. The autopsy report revealed that Kolhe had been throttled to death. Her nose and mouth had been smothered while her neck was strangled.
The Dahisar police then registered a case of murder under IPC section 302 and started probing the case. Since nothing had been robbed from the victim’s home and there were no signs of forced entry, the police suspected the crime had been committed by someone known to the victim.
“Investigations revealed Seema and brother, Santosh Ingale allegedly murdered the senior citizen between the night of March 18 and early morning on March 19. We arrested Seema on Friday while Ingale should be nabbed soon,” said an official from the Dahisar police.
The police said that Seema and the deceased would fight often as Kohle had transferred the property in the name of her adopted son, which Seema was averse to.