The Gamdevi police have arrested the sister-in-law of Ila Gandhi, 62, who was killed after she and her mother, Chandaben, 78, were attacked at their flat in Sunita Apartments at Grant Road on Sunday night.
Rupal, wife of the victim’s brother Deepak, has been charged with murder. The police have also arrested the couple’s domestic help Ramchandra Ganpat Gomane, 23.
Deepak, who stays on the third floor of the building, was on his way home when he saw the main door of his mother’s first-floor house ajar. However, The safety door was locked.
When nobody responded to his knocks, Deepak rushed to his home to get the duplicate keys. When he opened the door, he found his mother on the floor and his unconscious sister on the sofa.
Chandaben was taken to Breach Candy hospital with severe head injuries, but Ila was declared dead before admission.
On Monday, Chandaben regained consciousness. While being questioned by the police, she pointed towards Gomane, who had been working for Deepak for the past seven years.
A native of Ratnagiri, Gomane was arrested within 12 hours of the crime. During interrogation, he confessed to the murder. He told the police that that Rupal, 44, had given him a contract to kill her sister-in-law and mother-in-law.
“Seven moths ago, Gomane had taken a loan from Rupal of Rs 30,000 for his marriage. So far, he had repaid only Rs 7,000,” said Anil Kumbhare, deputy commissioner of police (zone II). “Rupal wanted to get her mother-in-law’s Peddar Road flat which is worth crores. She told Gomane that she would give him Rs 5,000 and would forget about the loan if he killed the two women.”
“Rupal had been planning to kill her mother-in-law and sister-in-law since the past two months. Six days ago she gave the contract to Gomane and paid him the money,” said Kumbhare.