MUMBAI: Residents of Trishul apartments which is located in Sindhi society, Chembur, were left shocked after the police broke open the door to find both the Jethwani sisters dead in the living room of the flat. The sisters have been living in the flat since it was constructed thirty years ago.
“Whenever they stepped out to buy anything, they walked hand in hand. It always seemed that they were supporting each other.” said Kapil Jha, security guard of the building, who has been working for the past three decades since the building was constructed.
“In order to collect the society’s maintenance cheque, I had gone to their flat on Wednesday but nobody opened the door hence I tried to contact them through intercom, but to no avail,” said Jha. The guard said that the sisters seldom talked and used to only ask him whether there were any kind of letters or bank correspondence for them.
Society members said that the sisters mostly kept to themselves and remained aloof. Loneliness may have taken a toll on the septuagenarians who only stepped out for buying household goods or to attend a spiritual discourse in a nearby building.
“They used to fall sick often. I had told them to stay in an old-age home as there was no one to look after them but they decided to live in the flat itself. They always used pay the maintenance fee of the building on time,” said a resident requesting anonymity.
As a precautionary measure, the society had installed a CCTV camera that faced their door. “As they were senior citizens, we ensured they were under surveillance,” said the resident adding, “I have never saw them cooking and they mostly bought food packets. Heaps of newspapers were always found in the flat. They did not keep any maid.”
Police stated that there are no signs of forced entry.
“We did not find any suicide note nor there was any bottle or substance recovered from the flat that would indicate that they consumed poison,” said a police officer. The bodies were sent to Rajawadi hospital for post-mortems.
While, prima facie, the police have ruled out foul play, they are investigating if the deaths were natural or if it was a suicide pact.
The septuagenarians were unmarried and are not survived by any family members. Their elder brother, who was also unmarried, died a few years ago.