A woman was found dead at a lodge in Chembur on Sunday morning. Noorjahan Shaikh, 35, had checked into the Bharat lodge, next to Chembur station, on Saturday night with an unidentified man.
According to the employees of the lodge, the duo was not carrying any luggage and was supposed to leave on Sunday.
The incident came to light around 5.30 am when one of the employees at the lodge found the door of the room ajar.
Suspecting something amiss, the employee knocked at the door. However, when there was no response after knocking a couple of times, he went inside to room. He found Shaikh lying on the bed, with a saree wrapped around her neck. The man who had accompanied her was missing. Police said he is the prime suspect in the murder.
N Ghughe, sub-inspector, Chembur police station, said the victim had been strangulated by the saree that was found wrapped around her neck. The staff at the lodge did not notice when the person accompanying the deceased left. “The identity details given by the suspect while checking into the hotel were also incorrect,” he added.
The staff told the police that it was the first time the duo had visited the lodge. "We do not think they are from Chembur,” PSI Ghuge added.