‘Elderly woman was killed by acquaintances’
Murder of the septuagenarian could be a fallout of real estate deal not working out, claim police
Pune: The city police on Tuesday claimed to have made a breakthrough in the murder case of a senior citizen Radha Madhavan Nair (71), who lived alone in Dhanori.
Nair was found in a pool of blood with her two gold bangles and chain missing on Saturday night, which was also her birthday.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone IV) Deepak Sakore told Sakal Times, “We are very close to solving the case.”
Another officer revealed, “Two of her acquaintances are suspected to be involved in the murder.”
The police said the attackers were known to Nair as she had allowed them to enter her flat entry and had tea with them. She had asked for milk and biscuits from a grocery shop nearby as she had ‘guests’ at her house. The grocery shop owner’s daughter had delivered the milk to her but she didn’t see anyone else apart from Nair who collected the milk at the door.
Police officials said that the murder could be a fallout of real estate deal not working out. The accused hails from Punjab and is settled in Pune. He also has connections with politicians and some police officers. The accused agent and deceased were going for a land deal. The CCTV footage shows that the accused had brought his minor son along when he murdered the elderly woman. The accused is a divorcee and lived here with his daughter and son. He had been using several phone numbers to hoodwink investigators who suspect that the murder was pre-planned.
The police said Radha worked as a clerk with Defence Research & Development Organisation’s laboratory Research & Development Establishment (Engineers) on Alandi Road. Her husband was also employed there. After retirement, they lived in Ambanagari Housing Society on Dhanori Road. Her son works for a private firm and lives in Wadgaonsheri while daughter is married to an officer of the Army Medical Corps and stays with her family in Camp. Radha’s husband passed away in 2010 and since then she had been living alone.