An unidentified man stabbed a 23-year-old woman to death in broad daylight on a crowded street in Malad (East) and escaped before shocked passersby could react.
At around 9.45am on Friday, Seema Parab, an accountant, was walking on Vijay Salaskar Marg towards Malad railway station when a man approached her, chopper in one hand and knife in the other. He hurled the chopper in the air to scare away bystanders. He then knifed the woman twice in the stomach and once in the neck. After the assailant got away, police rushed to the victim’s rescue.
“The man dropped the chopper at the spot and fled,” said a source in Kurar police station.
An auto-rickshaw driver took Parab to Kurar police station, after which she was taken to SK Patil hospital and then to Bhagwati hospital. Parab succumbed to her wounds at around 11am. The motive for the murder is not clear yet. “Parab’s jewellery is intact,” said senior inspector Subhash Dafle of Kurar police station.
“We have ruled out robbery as a motive. She is not said to have been in any relationships either,” he added.
Parab was a resident of Pragati Nagar, Malad (East) and was an accountant at a beauty parlour. She is survived by her father, a watchman, her mother and four sisters.