Mumbai: Elderly sisters found dead in Chembur flat

Their rotting, decomposed bodies were stacked over each other against the main door; cops suspect that one may have suffered a head injury and the other a heart attack

A flat on the sixth floor of Trishul Apartments in Chembur normally emitted foul odour as it housed two elderly sisters, who were not bothered about its upkeep. But when the foul smell crossed the bearable limit of other building residents on Thursday, they thought something was wrong and called the cops.

Cops step out of Trishul Apartments in Chembur
Cops step out of Trishul Apartments in Chembur

All were in for a shock when the police peeked from the main door and found that the women — identified as Mohini and Basanti Jethvani in their 70s — had died inside the apartment, which was locked from the inside, and that their bodies were lying against the main door.

If the cops had opened the door from outside, it would have displaced the bodies. So the police called the fire brigade, who cut open the door, allowing the cops to enter.

Police says
The police found that the bodies were decomposed and were lying on top of each other against the door.

“It seems that one of the women hit her head near the door and died and the other while trying to help her sister, suffered a heart attack and fell on top of her and died. We have registered an Accidental Death Report and are investigating the matter,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Shahji Umap (Zone VII).

The CCTV footage though showed that the women were alive till Tuesday afternoon. “The CCTV recordings of the building show that the women had picked the newspaper from outside their door on Tuesday at 2.30 pm. But on Wednesday and Thursday, the newspapers lay there untouched,” Umap added.

The women used to live with their brother, who died a few years ago. “We are trying to locate a relative to hand over their bodies. The women had no source of income and were sustaining on the money they had got from a builder on selling off their house. They ate bread and milk and never went outside their house or spoke to their neighbours,” added a police officer. The cops are now waiting for the post mortem reports to determine the cause of the deaths.

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