Mira Road woman was mur­dered by man she ‘in­sulted’

Four months ago, when he asked for the woman’s car to rush his wife to hospi­tal, she al­legedly in­sulted him say­ing — ‘tera aukat nahi hai gaadi mein baithne ka’

Mid Day - - City - SAMIULLAH KHAN samiullah.khan@mid-day.com

AL­MOST a week’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion later, the lo­cal crime branch of Kashimira po­lice have fi­nally man­aged to solve the mur­der mystery of a 60-year-old woman, Rita Ron­nie Ro­drigues, who was liv­ing alone in an apart­ment at Sam­rud­hhi Tow­ers in Mira Road. Ro­drigues was found dead with mul­ti­ple stab wounds in her apart­ment on November 4. The cops ar­rested Sonu Rameshchan­dra Verma aka San­jay from Kan­pur and brought him to Mum­bai for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion he re­vealed that he had killed the woman in re­venge be­cause she had in­sulted him four months back.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, ear­lier Verma and his wife used to stay in the same build­ing with his el­der brother and sis­ter-in-law. He used to help his brother with con­trac­tual work for the Rail­ways. Ro­drigues, who lived in a dif­fer­ent wing of the same build­ing, was found ly­ing in a pool of blood on the day of the in­ci­dent. She used to run a cold stor­age in Mira Road.

Speak­ing to mid-day, an of­fi­cer of the lo­cal crime branch said, “No in­ten­tion of rob­bery was re­vealed dur­ing a search of the house. Hence, a mur­der case was reg­is­tered against an un­known per­son and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was started. On check­ing the CCTV cam­eras of the build­ing, we found Verma en­ter­ing and leav­ing the build­ing on November 4 in one of the footages. A fur­ther probe re­vealed that four months back he went back to his na­tive vil­lage in Kan­pur.”

He fur­ther said, “When we asked Verma why he mur­dered Ro­drigues, he said that once he had asked the woman for her car as he had to rush his wife to hospi­tal. Ro­drigues not only re­fused to give him the ve­hi­cle, but also in­sulted him by say­ing ‘tera aukat nahi hai gaadi mein baithne ka’ (you don’t have the class to sit in the car). As th­ese words hurt him, he killed her.”

Po­lice sources said that Verma had come to Mum­bai on November 1 to com­mit the crime. “Last Sun­day, he went to Ro­drigues’s house to wish her for Di­wali and give her some sweets. That is when he stabbed her mul­ti­ple times with a knife and es­caped af­ter snatch­ing the jew­ellery she was wear­ing and some cash from her purse. All of it was worth R2 lakh,” said the of­fi­cer.

Speak­ing to mid-day, Pramod Bad­hak, se­nior in­spec­tor from Thane crime branch said, “CCTV footage helped us trace the ac­cused. He was ar­rested from Kan­pur and brought to Mum­bai for a fur­ther probe. Af­ter be­ing pro­duced in court, he was re­manded in ju­di­cial cus­tody till November 14.”

‘Last Sun­day he went to Ro­drigues’s house to wish her for Di­wali and give her some sweets. That is when he stabbed her mul­ti­ple times with a knife and es­caped af­ter snatch­ing the jew­ellery she was wear­ing and some cash from her purse. All of it was worth R2 lakh’

Lo­cal crime branch of­fi­cer

The de­ceased, Rita Ron­nie Ro­drigues; (right) ac­cused, Sonu Verma

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