A 33-year-old woman was found dead in Kannamwar Nagar in Vikhroli on Wednesday after her live-in partner allegedly slashed her throat and fled.
The police have registered a case of murder and are on the lookout for the accused.
The accused, identified as Nitin Rajput, 33, left his mobile phone at the spot after the attack, making it difficult for the police to trace him.
According to the police, Rajput had been staying with the deceased identified as Jyoshna Gaikwad since 2005.
“On Wednesday, the accused came with a knife and asked Gaikwad to meet him. Following a brawl, Rajput slit her throat and escaped but left his phone at the spot,” said an officer from Vikhroli police station.
A few residents spotted her body around 8.45pm and informed the police.
Another officer from Vikhroli police station on condition of anonymity, said, “Gaikwad, who had two children from a marriage in 1999, had left her husband in 2003. Following the separation, she met Rajput, her uncle’s son and an accountant in a mall in Vikhroli, and they started living together.”
In 2005, the duo had moved into a rented apartment in Mumbra but later they came back to Kannamwar Nagar, said the police.
However, Rajput and Gaikwad were having regular spats as he suspected she was having an affair, said the police.
Following this, Gaikwad had moved into her mother’s residence along with her children.
Deputy commissioner of police Vinay Kumar Rathod (Zone 7) said, “During our investigations, we learnt the accused had consumed alcohol when he came to meet Gaikwad. We are trying to locate him through our sources and his relatives.”
The Vikhroli police have booked the accused under section 302 (punishment for murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).