Kanpur jeweller held for 60-yr-old’s murder
The Local Crime Branch (LCB) unit of the Thane (rural) has arrested a 34-year-old jeweller who flew back to his hometown in Uttar Pradesh after allegedly murdering an elderly woman in Mira Road.
The accused, identified as Sanjay Verma alias Sonu (34), is a former neighbour of the deceased woman and had committed the crime to avenge his insult over a petty tiff, police said.
The 60-year-old Rita Rony Rodrigues was found murdered in the bedroom of her apartment in Samrudhhi Building located in Poonam Garden on November 5 (Monday). According to the police, Rodrigues, who stayed alone after the demise of her husband, had sustained multiple stab wounds on her body that had been inflicted with a sharp edge weapon. Sensing the gravity of the case, SP Dr Shivaji Rathod deputed the LCB to conduct parallel investigations into the case. While scanning the CCTV cameras, the police team spotted a man sneaking into the building, twice within the span of one hour on Sunday. Although the captured images were hazy, cross verifications with security guards ascertained the identity of the suspect as Sanjay Verma, a former resident of the complex who had shifted to his hometown in Uttar Pradesh a few months back, police said.
Sanjay who was summoned for questioning, confessed to his crime after rounds of sustained interrogations. On the fateful day, the accused entered Rodrigues’ flat under the pretext of giving Diwali sweets. He not only murdered the woman by inflicting multiple stab-wounds, but fled with her gold ornaments and cash.
“The accused has claimed that during his stay in the building he had been humiliated by the deceased when asked for her car to ferry his wife to the hospital. However, we are verifying his claims to find the real motive, if any,” said an LCB officer.