An 85-year-old woman living alone in her house in Pimpri was bludgeoned to death and robbed of her gold ornaments and cellphone, a primary investigation into her death has revealed.
Police have launched a probe to identify the suspect who is believed to have broken into her house, said officials.
Officials from Pimpri police station identified the deceased as Shalubai Salve (85), a resident of a chawl near Pimpri Railway Station, who had retired as a conservancy staffer from Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation in 1999.
Officials said Salve lived alone in her house and while her family and relatives live elsewhere.
Police said that on July 30 night, Salve’s neighbours had last seen her around 10.30 pm. Next morning, when they did not see her doing her usual chores till 10 am, they called one of her relatives. When the relative came and found her lying unresponsive on the floor of her house, police were informed.
Senior Inspector Ram Rajmane, in-charge of Pimpri Police station, said, “Initial reports of the autopsy suggested that the cause of death was a head injury. It was initially assumed that she fell and sustained the injury on the head. However, family members subsequently revealed that the gold ornaments Salve used to wear and those in her cupboard were missing, along with her cellphone. Our subsequent probe pointed to this being a case of murder with a motive to rob her.
Based on the FIR by her family, we have launched a murder investigation.”
Salve’s granddaughter has filed a complaint, and said that the missing gold ornaments weighed more than 40 gram, and her cellphone too was missing.