Kan­pur jeweller held for 60-yr-old’s mur­der

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI/STATE - SURESH GOLANI / Bhayan­dar

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.

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