Two robbers slit a 39-year-old woman’s throat and stabbed her husband in Parel on Tuesday while the couple was out on their morning walk.
Beena Dedhia was pronounced dead at KEM Hospital; her husband Jatin (41) is in the ICU.
The incident took place just half a kilometre away from Kala Chowki police station. The Dedhias own a grocery store in Lalbaug and live in the same area.
The police said the robbers were on a motorcycle and threatened the couple with a knife, demanding that they hand over their valuables and money.
“Jatin obeyed and handed over the gold chain and cash, but Beena resisted, and the robber [riding pillion] slashed her throat,” said Ramesh Poman, senior police inspector, Kala Chowki police station.
The two thieves escaped with Jatin’s gold chain and Rs 3,000.
The police said Jatin tried to hail a cab, but the driver did not stop.
“A few minutes later, a biker passing by noticed Beena bleeding and called the police control room,” Poman said. The control room alerted Kala Chowki station.
Relatives of the couple at KEM Hospital told Hindustan Times that Jatin has not been told about Beena’s death as they are worried he may not be able to sustain the shock.
“The couple often accompanied us during our morning walks. They began walking in this area only recently,” said Pushkar Lal, a local.
The assailants are yet to be identified, the police said.