The Kurla railway police have ruled out the possibility of the involvement of 19-year-old Mohammad Imran Siddiqui in the murder of his 65-year-old grandmother, Nanki Lal Mohammad Siddiqui.
According to railway police, Nanki was travelling from her native place in Allahabad to Mumbai with Mohammad. They were seated in the ladies compartment of Kamayani Express, which they had boarded from Varanasi Junction at 7am on Friday.
At 10.45pm on Saturday, a middle-aged man, who claimed to be a ticket collector, boarded the ladies compartment at Thane station. He asked Mohammad to leave the compartment or pay a fine of Rs500, as he was not allowed to travel in the ladies compartment. Mohammad moved to the general compartment.
When Mohammad came to help his grandmother move the luggage as the train pulled into Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, he found Nanki lying in a pool of blood with her throat slit. A sum of Rs2,500 was missing from her purse.
“We suspected Mohammad’s involvement in the crime. However, after recording his statement and checking CCTV footage, which shows the unidentified person boarding the train at Thane station, we realised that he was not lying. His statement corroborates the sequence of events narrated by him earlier,” said Dilip Gore, senior police inspector. The police have registered a case of murder.