Mumbai : A day after a 77-year-old woman was brutally murdered in her home in Matunga, the police are yet to establish either the identity of the killer or his motive. Meanwhile the suspect caught in CCTV footage, The suspected killer, believed to be in his 30s age. Prima facie, it seemed to be a robbery, but until they have evidence to support this theory, the police are investigating several angles, including a property dispute or dishonest house help.
CCTV camera footage showed the suspect entering and exiting Pranav building, and on the fifth floor, where Vora lived. Pranav building is located near Nappu Garden in Matunga (East). Manjula was well to do and owned the entire building until it went in for redevelopment five years ago. Her husband, NM Vora, was a well-known steel merchant who died several years ago. She has a daughter who lives in Juhu and a sister in Lalbaug. On Monday evening, Manjula was found dead on her kitchen floor, her throat slit and her body in a pool of blood. Manjuben lived with her younger brother, who is mentally challenged, and a family doctor visited the house frequently to check him.
Her brother, Ravi Lal (70) was also in the flat at the time of the murder but is wheelchair-bound and cannot speak. The sole witness, who is also the complainant in the case, is Manjula’s family doctor Dilip Shaha. Around 7.30 pm on Monday, Dr Shaha went to check on Manjula’s brother, who had complained of swollen legs. When there was no response to the doorbell, he asked the watchman what was wrong. The watchman then called on the intercom and a stranger, the suspect answered the call. Dr Shaha went back upstairs to the apartment and the suspect then opened the door and told the doctor that Manjula was in the bathroom. As Dr Shaha looked for her, the stranger used this chance to escape. Shaha finally found Manjula dead in the kitchen, and alerted the neighbours and police.
However, her neighbours doubt she was murdered because of enmity, as she is known as a kind and helpful woman. Meanwhile police lodged Fir in this case, and further investigation goin on.