In a shocking incident, a city-based transporter and his wife were done to death in a brutal manner allegedly by a gang of three at their residence in Sterling Apartment in Warje Malwadi on Tuesday. Also, the alleged gang included an engineering student, who is claimed to be a relative of the victims and has been staying with them since the last eight years.
Investigations of the Warje Police revealed that the couple had sold a flat for Rs42 lakh last week. They had kept Rs12 cash in the flat which the murderers decamped with.
According to the police, the murderers slashed the throats of Kamlakar Ranjere (55) and his wife Simla (50).
While Kamlakar hailed from Karnataka, his wife was a native of Nepal.
The police have lodged a case against three people. Two of them have been identified as Sunny Lama and Dilbhadur Tama.
The police said that Ranjere’s neighbour Omkar Gadre woke up to an unexpected sound around 1.30 am. When he came out of his residence looking for the source of the sound, he spotted three people zooming away in a car.
Deputy commissioner of police Sanjay Shinde (Zone I) said, “Gadre spotted the men in a white-coloured Indica, which sped away before he could accost them. Later, when he noticed that the door of Ranjere’s ground floor flat was ajar, he peeped inside to find the couple lying in a pool of blood. Gadre immediately alerted the police about the incident.”
Shinde added, “Though the police searched the flat, they could not find any murder weapon. But we suspect that a sharp-edged weapon was used for the crime. Apart from the attack on their throat, the victims were stabbed on the chest and legs.”
“We suspect that the murderers had the information about the deal and the cash in the flat. They may have hatched the plot to rob the money. They may have attacked the couple when they refused to hand over the money,” said a police officer attached with Warje police station.
The Warje police recovered the getaway vehicle used by the killers later in the afternoon.
Investigations have revealed that the car had been stolen from Lonavla earlier on Monday.