Paralysed 80-year-old, wife murdered

An 80-year-old paralytic and his 69-year-old wife were found murdered at their Andheri (East) flat . Cash and valuables are missing, reports Shahkar Abidi.

india Updated: Feb 27, 2009 00:27 IST
Shahkar Abidi
Shahkar Abidi
Hindustan Times

An 80-YEAR-OLD paralytic and his 69-year-old wife were found murdered at their Andheri (East) flat on Thursday. Cash and valuables are missing.

A recently hired domestic help, Amit, has been missing since the incident and is suspected to be behind the killings, the police said.

Charan Kundnani (80), a retired lawyer, and his wife Kamla (69) were killed in the afternoon in their first-floor flat at Nityanand Society, metres from the Andheri police station.

The bodies were found by their maid at 3 pm.

After knocking at the door repeatedly to no avail, she opened the door with a spare key to find Charan lying dead in the bedroom. Kamla had been killed in the kitchen.

Both were suffocated with a pillow, the police said.

The maid called the neighbours, who in turn called the police. The maid has been working at the Kundnanis’ home for 28 years. The couple did not have any children.

“The old couple mainly kept to themselves because of their failing health,” said Deepali Hemdev, a relative.

The flat had been ransacked and the cupboards were found open. “We are not sure about the value of the property stolen, as there is no one to confirm it,” said senior inspector Pradeep Suryavanshi.

The police suspect Amit, who hails from UP and was appointed few weeks ago, to be behind the murder. The police are questioning his relatives to ascertain his whereabouts.

“We have got some clues and will arrest the accused soon,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police M.M. Prasanna.

Police sources said the couple was probably a soft target as they were elderly and Charan was paralysed. The bodies have been sent to Cooper hospital for post-mortems.

First Published: Feb 27, 2009 00:25 IST