Triple mur­ders stun Mal­vani, Ul­has­na­gar

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Two triple­mur­ders were re­ported in and around Mum­bai on Thurs­day morn­ing.

In Mal­vani, two chil­dren and their grand­mother were stabbed to death in their home early on Thurs­day, while in Ul­has­na­gar, a cou­ple and their younger son were mur­dered with axes in their home.

In the Mal­vani case, the po­lice sus­pect the fam­ily knew the killer, while the Ul­has­na­gar mur­ders are sus­pected to have been com­mit­ted by mem­bers of the Phase Pardhi gang. No ar­rests have been made yet in ei­ther case.

Res­i­dents of Saabri Co­op­er­a­tive Hous­ing So­ci­ety in Mal­vani dis­cov­ered the bod­ies Aryan Shaikh, 13, his sis­ter Sa­nia, 10, and their grand­mother Babli Shaw, 47, around 10am on Thurs­day.

The killer had slit Aryan’s throat and stabbed Sa­nia and Shaw with a kitchen knife. The po­lice said the large amount of blood in the house and the na­ture of Shaw’s in­juries sug­gested that she had tried to fight the killer to save her grand­chil­dren.

The mur­ders at Kar­avle vil­lage in Ul­has­na­gar are be­lieved to have been com­mit­ted between 1am and 5am.

The vic­tims were iden­ti­fied as Shankar Namdev Bhandary, 62, a farmer, his wife Fus­abai Shankar Bhandary, 50, and their son Shani Shankar Bhandary, 22, who grad­u­ated from col­lege ear­lier this year.

All three died of axe wounds to the head.

The po­lice re­cov­ered two axes from their home.

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