Rose Villa at Malvani, where two women were brutally murdered on Thursday, was reportedly let out to couples by the women, its owners, police sources said.
Rose Villa is reportedly one of many such homes located in the Madh, Gorai and Aksa beach area, frequented by couples looking for some privacy away from the city’s concrete jungle.
Police are making slow progress as there are no immediate neighbours who could have helped in the investigation. “This has made our task difficult,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Sanjay Banerjee.
The rooms are let out on a daily or hourly basis, and this trade brings in income for a lot of families in the area.
Rose Villa sits on a secluded patch along the road, but still isolated from the fishing villages located at least 200 meters away on both sides.
“There’s hardly anybody on the roads after 6 pm, as it gets very dark,” said Francis Rodrigues, who lives in a nearby village.
“We just want the accused to be caught quickly so justice can be done to their (deceased’s) souls,” said a relative of the victims who had come from Pune.