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Suspended Odisha cop planned, executed Mumbai elderly couple’s murder

Sinhasan Mukuteka, one of the two arrested in connection with the murder of an elderly couple from Mumbai’s Bandra on Thursday, was a police constable in Odisha. While Mukuteka planned and executed the robbery and murders, the couple’s maid Parvati Khakha assisted him, say police.

india Updated: Jun 24, 2018 15:58 IST
Aritra Hazra
Aritra Hazra
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Odisha cop Sinhasan Mukuteka was suspended from service for his alleged involvement in the murder of his live-in partner and was currently out on bail. He met Bandra double murder co-accused Parvati Khakha at a wedding in Odisha and got engaged to her. (Reuters/Photo for representation)

Sinhasan Mukuteka, 28, one of the two arrested in connection with the murder of an elderly couple from Mumbai’s Bandra on Thursday, was a police constable in Odisha, investigation has revealed. While Mukuteka planned and executed the robbery and murders, Parvati Khakha, 20, the other arrested accused who worked as help with the couple, assisted him, said police.

Nanak Gopaldas Makhijani, 85, and Daya Makhijani, 71, lived with Khakha in a 3-BHK apartment on the first floor of Ekta Elite on 21st road in Bandra.

Mukuteka was suspended from service for his alleged involvement in the murder of his live-in partner — Priti Bahla, a resident of Beheradihi village of Nuapada district in Odisha — and was currently out on bail. He met Khakha at a wedding in Odisha and got engaged to her.

Khakha came to Mumbai to work with the Makhijanis, and called Mukuteka to the city. “She joined work on June 11 and Mukuteka reached Mumbai on June 19. Khakha opened the door for Mukuteka, who then tied the couple’s hands and legs, and smothered them,” said an officer.“Prima facie, it looks like the couple was strangled and then smothered. We are awaiting the medical reports,” said Anil Kumbhare, deputy commissioner of police (DCP).

Mukuteka entered the building when the watchman was asleep. With no CCTV cameras, nobody saw him enter or leave the society. “Khakha went missing after the murders came to light. Nobody knew anything about her. We used the data record of the area (tracking all numbers of the closest telephone tower to the residence) to get her number,” said a police source.

Sources told Hindustan Times that although her number was switched off, using the tower locations, the police found out that Khakha took a train to Odisha from Dadar at 6.15am. Sources told the police the couple went out for shopping and other work four times a week. With the CCTV footage from the area, they got Khakha’s photo, which was then handed over to the government railway police (GRP).

Khakha and Mukuteka, who were travelling by Gitanjali Express, were arrested from Nagpur railway station. They have been remanded in police custody till June 26. The police have recovered gold ornaments worth Rs 10 lakh, including 28 gold bangles, 9 expensive watches, 9 gold rings and 44 gold earrings, from the duo.

OLD AND UNSAFE
The double murder of a senior citizen couple in aBandra apartment on Thursday has shifted the focuson the safety of the elderly
DOS AND DON’TS
  • Don’t let strangers enter your house unless you verify their credentials. Look through the peephole before opening the door
  • Ensure your society maintains a visitor’s diary and verifies the details given by the visitor. Make sure the guard consults you when he allows visitors to go to your place
  • Get CCTV cameras installed. One person should volunteer to conduct surprise checks
  • Request the local police to make visits to the society and interact with the guards. If you’re leaving for a vacation, inform the police.
  • Keep numbers of local police stations and officers

First Published: Jun 23, 2018 12:13 IST