Officials of the Nallasopara police station ruled out robbery as the motive behind the crime, as neither the valuables in the residence nor the jewellery box was looted. The deceased have been identified as Dinesh Soni Mandera (25) and his elder brother Madan (42).
The duo resided in a one-room-kitchen flat at More Gaon in Nallasopara (East). While Dinesh was a bachelor, Madan’s wife and children were in Rajasthan. Though the motive behind the murders is yet to be ascertained, officers investigating the case suspect that Dinesh’s affair with a girl could be a possible reason behind the double murder. The girl’s family disapproved of Dinesh.
Officials said the assailants entered the house between 2 and 3 am through the window by unhinging the grill. The killers then strangled them. The eldest brother Lalji, owner of the Dinesh Jewellery store, was the first to spot the bodies when he came to wake up his brothers around 5 am. He then informed the police who reached the spot and sent the bodies for an autopsy.
Lalji said, “When my brothers failed to open the door despite repeated knocks, I felt something was amiss and started pushing the door hard until it opened. The moment the door opened, I saw their lifeless bodies on the floor.”
Senior PI of the Nallasopara police station Mukund Mahajan said the bodies had no external injuries. “The two brothers used to get the entire jewellery from the store home every evening and would lock it in a box. When we checked the box, jewellery appeared to be untouched. Since there was no sign of any attempts made to break the cupboards or the locker, we suspect that robbery was not the motive behind their murder,” Mahajan said.