Three bodies found by the Vashi police in their jurisdiction last month, are still lying at NMMC hospital, since nobody has come forward to claim them.
The first body was found on December 6, near the flyover on Sion-Panvel highway. A few locals spotted a man aged between 40 and 45 lying on the road and informed the police. The police took him to the hospital, but the doctors declared him dead on arrival.
“The deceased was wearing only a chocolate-coloured half pant when we found him lying under the bridge. We suspect he was a beggar, but no one has come to claim the body,” said Shivaji Salunkhe, assistant police inspector of Vashi police station.
The police found another body in an NMMC garden at sector 1 on December 27. “The deceased was identified as Deepak Nepali, a rag picker from Vashi. According to postmortem reports, Nepali was drunk and died of natural causes. But we don’t know if he has any relatives or family members in the city,” Salunkhe said.
On the same day, another body of an unidentified woman aged between 25-30 was found in a nullah at Vashi sector 17 along the Palm Beach Road.
“The woman was wearing a coffee colour salwar kurta with golden print on it. From her dresses it was assumed that she was from lower middle class family. We fished out the body from the water just within a few hours and sent it to the NMMC hospital,” said Ramesh More, assistant police inspector from Vashi police station.
It was later revealed that the woman’s throat was slashed using some sharp weapons, causing her death. But the body has not been identified so far.
“We are still investigating the case, but have not been able to find out who murdered the victim and why. We suspect the culprits murdered her elsewhere in the city and then dumped the body in the nullah,” More said. In addition to these three, 10-12 bodies were found dumped at various parts of Navi Mumbai in 2013.