70-year-old man strangled to death by son in Mumbai

The man and his son often had clashes which escalated after the former started suspecting his wife of an affair.

mumbai Updated: Jan 27, 2018 22:04 IST
Farhan Shaikh
Farhan Shaikh
Hindustan Times
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A 70-year-old man was strangled to death by his son in Mumbai.(HT File/Representational Image)

A 46-year-old man strangled his 70-year-old father to death, at the latter’s house in Borivli, owing to a personal dispute.

The accused, Purshottam Beradiya, was arrested on Friday for killing his father, Bhima, who had been living alone for nearly two decades. Bhima’s wife used to live with Purshottam, his wife and children at Malad. Bhima suspected his wife had been having a decade-long affair with Babar, the 50-year-old auto-rickshaw driver who assisted Purshottam in murdering Bhima. He even confronted her about the affair.

Purshottam had taken up Bhima’s job as a sweeper. Bhima and he often had clashes which escalated since Bhima started suspecting his wife. Around a week ago, Purshottam and Babar showed up at Bhima’s apartment in Vishal Cooperative Housing Society and allegedly tied him. “After they tied his hands and legs, Purshottam strangled Bhima with his hands. They wrapped his body in a bedsheet and left it in the room,” said an official from the Borivli police station. A building resident saw the duo leaving the house.

The duo showed up two days ago in a bid to dispose the body but were unable to do so as there was a function going on in the society. Meanwhile, the Borivli police, learnt that there was a murder in their jurisdiction. On Friday, investigators landed at Bhima’s society, and one of Bhima’s neighbours said there had been a foul smell.

“The residents said there had been a foul smell for the past few days but dismissed it thinking it was a dead rat. It was only after we went there that residents found something amiss,” said an officer.

First Published: Jan 27, 2018 22:04 IST