SE­NIOR CIT­I­ZEN MUR­DERED IN HER DADAR FLAT; NO CCTV IN BLDG

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MUM­BAI: A 58-year-old woman was found bru­tally mur­dered in her Dadar flat on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. The po­lice sus­pect the woman, who lived alone, was killed by a worker, as her house was be­ing ren­o­vated. The so­ci­ety has no CCTV cam­eras in­stalled.

The po­lice said Beleza Car­dozo was found in a pool of blood by her house-help, Man­gal Surve, around noon in the sec­ond floor flat of the Luis Court Co-Op­er­a­tive Hous­ing So­ci­ety near MTNL build­ing. The Car­do­zos own two flats on the sec­ond floor, which were be­ing ren­o­vated into a sin­gle flat.

“Surve opened the door to the house to find Car­dozo ly­ing on the sofa with a head in­jury,” said Ma­hesh Patil, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice, Zone 5. Surve be­gan scream­ing, alert­ing the neigh­bours. “They rushed her to Hinduja Hospi­tal, but she was de­clared dead on ar­rival,” he said.

The po­lice sus­pect rob­bery could have been the mo­tive, and have seized the mur­der weapon, a trowel, that was ly­ing next to the vic­tim. Car­dozo was last seen by a neigh­bour at 10.30pm on Tues­day night, when she had stepped out of her flat to feed cats and dogs in the so­ci­ety, as was her daily rou­tine.

There are no close cir­cuit tele­vi­sion cam­eras in the so­ci­ety; a watch­man is em­ployed on the night shift, be­tween 8pm and 9am. The watch­man’s cabin is at the en­trance to her build­ing.

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