Mumbai: A 67-year-old woman was found murdered at her home in Mulund (W) on Monday afternoon. Rukshmani Damji Visariya, a resident of Trivedi Bhuvan on RRT Road in Mulund, was a housewife and is survived by her sons, Mehul, Viren and Nitin. The brothers stay in the same building but on different floors. Some neighbours told police that there was an argument between the victim and a son.
A Jain, she had recently returned from a 90-day pilgrimage to Gujarat. Police, who have registered a murder case against unknown persons, said around 1.30pm, a salesgirl working at Nitin’s garment shop in the same building went to the third-floor toilet.
“The family has a garment shop below, and the salesgirls often use the toilet on the third floor. The salesgirl ran down, saying that Rukshmani’s door was ajar and the latter was found lying unconscious. Mehul and other employees rushed to find Rukshmani dead on the bed. They then informed Mulund police,” said an official.
Police carried out a panchnama and Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) and fingerprint bureau officials were called. Her body was sent to Rajawadi hospital for a post-mortem.
Police said there was blood on her nose and the pillow had blood stains next to her face, indicating that she was smothered. There was also an injury on her back, which will be examined by experts. The main door of the flat was found damaged as if someone had tried opening it with hardware tools.
Police said that though her gold chain, rings and bangles she was wearing were intact, the cupboard was open, with clothes lying on the ground, as if someone was trying to search for something.
The crime branch is carrying out a parallel probe. While Mulund police suspect it is the handiwork of known persons, the crime branch suspects it is a local thief. Police said there was no watchman or CCTV in the building, which was hampering investigations.