An 82-year-old woman was brutally murdered last night by an unknown assailant in the Matunga residence that she shared with her mentally challenged brother. A witness – the victim’s family doctor — saw a stranger lurking inside the house with a bag, and prima facie, the police suspect it was a robbery.
Manjula Vora was found in a pool of blood on her kitchen floor in her fifth-floor flat at Pranav Residency. Pic/Suresh Karkera
The elderly woman has been identified as Manjula Vora, a resident of a flat on the fifth floor at Pranav Residency, opposite Nappu Garden in Matunga (E). Manjula was living there with her 70-year-old brother Ravi Lal, who is mentally challenged. She also owned the building.
It was their family doctor who discovered the crime when he went to the flat for his nightly visit around 7.30 pm. He knocked on the door but got no response, so assumed the brother-sister duo were out. But when he went downstairs, the watchman told him Manjula and her brother were still at home. The doctor went back up but still found no response. This time, however, he found the door open and walked in to see a stranger inside, holding a bag.
This person is currently a suspect but his identity remains unknown as his face was obscured by a cap. The stranger told the doctor to go look at Manjula and used the opportunity to flee the scene. Meanwhile, the doctor was shocked to see Manjula’s throat slit, her body lying in a pool of blood on the kitchen floor.
He alerted the neighbours and the police around 8 pm. At the time of going to press, the Matunga police were in the process of conducting the panchnama and registering case under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC.