A 28-year-old jeweller was found dead at his Chembur (East) jewellery store on Friday.
The police suspect robbery may have led to Pankaj Suri’s murder as jewellery worth lakhs was also reported missing from his store, Dharmaraj Jewellery.
According to the Tilak Nagar police, the incident took place around 2pm on Friday.
Suri usually went home for lunch around 1pm and he was about to leave when unidentified men barged into his store, the police said.
“He would go home only for lunch and dinner and would even sleep in the jewellery store,” said a police officer.
“When he did not come home or answer calls, his parents came to check on him at his store. They found his body lying in a pool of blood,” the police said.
The police suspect the accused had a fairly good knowledge of jewellery as they managed to separate real gold jewellery from the imitation ones stocked in the store. The robbers made away with jewellery worth between Rs2 and Rs5 lakh, the police said.
“We have registered a case of murder and robbery against unidentified accused,” said senior inspector RM Gavit from Tilak Nagar police station.
The police found the lock lying near the counter and suspect that Suri was just about to pull down the shutter when the accused must have forcibly entered the store.
“We suspect the accused may have entered the shop to rob and Suri must have resisted them, which might have led to his murder. We are investigating matter from all angles,” the officer said.