No headway into senior citizen`s murder case
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Last Updated: Monday, April 09, 2012, 23:45
  
Mumbai: Police have failed to make any headway so far in connection with the murder of a Delhi-based senior citizen, a case in which his small-time Bollywood actor son and two paying guests are suspects.

"None of the three suspects have been traced yet. The police teams have been dispatched outside Mumbai to catch them, but in vain," a police officer said.

Police's attempts to locate the mobile network of the accused also failed to yield any results as the phones were switched off.

The statements of the neighbours of the victim have been recorded, police said.

Pointing out that the investigation was underway, police today refused to hand over the body of the deceased Arunkumar Tikku (62) to his relative who had come to claim it.

According to police, the knife, which was recovered from the spot, has been sent for forensic analysis for fingerprint analysis.

Tikku was found murdered in the bathroom of his first floor apartment in Lokhandwala Complex late on Saturday night. The senior citizen had six to eight stab wounds on his abdomen and a computer wire tied around his neck.

A businessman based in Delhi, Tikku owned three flats on the first floor of the high-rise Samartha Aangan -3A.

The paying guests had moved in to live with Tikku's son Anuj only a fortnight ago. The victim was a widower and had recently arrived in the city to take his son back to Delhi as he did not have a job.

According to police sources, a witness, who was walking towards his car, had seen a man who could be Arunkumar Tikku struggling near the window of the 101 flat in the building as another man was found with signs of stabbing him.

The witness alerted the neighbours and security supervisor who had gone to the flat and knocked the door, police sources said.

According to them, one of the two topless men, who were in jeans, had opened the door and pulled the security guard inside and the witness had also rushed in following the suspicious behaviour of the unidentified man.

"There were blood stains on the bodies of the two suspects inside the room, the witness claimed," police officer said.

"When the witness further questioned the two, they said that they were watching IPL match, during which, they had a fight and because of that there were blood stains."

The deceased owned three flats -- 101, 102, 103-- in the high-rise and the two, whom the witness was talking about, could be paying guests, police said.

"It is strange that Arunkumar's son had not approached us so far. So, as of now, he is also one of the suspects," the officer said.

Subsequently, cops were informed about the suspicious behaviour of the two, police said adding as a police team rushed to the spot, the door was locked from inside, which was later broken open and the deceased was found inside.

PTI


First Published: Monday, April 09, 2012, 23:45


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