4 days after Santacruz west attack: 72-year-old succumbs to injuries

Wheelchair-bound retired banker had been assaulted, robbed by ‘food delivery men’ last week.

| Mumbai | Published: July 6, 2015 1:28 am

A 72-year-old woman assaulted and robbed in her Santacruz West home by two unidentified men died Sunday afternoon, four days after the attack.

Victim Chanda Raheja, a retired banker, was admitted to Asha Parekh Hospital in Santacruz West on Thursday, while the attack is believed to have taken place on Wednesday night by the two men posing to be food delivery men.

Police said murder charges would be added to the FIR registered against the unidentified men. “The cause of death has been reserved,” said a senior officer. Raheja lived alone in a fifth-floor apartment in Shalimar Society.

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The police said she used a wheelchair to move around.

The police have focused its probe on the restaurant from where she had purportedly ordered food that day.

Her domestic help Anita Dhumal Thursday found Raheja lying on the floor and bleeding from a wound on her head.

The police said when Raheja did not open the door, Dhumal picked up a duplicate key from the former’s brother’s house nearby. After opening the door, the police said, the help found the home had been ransacked and Raheja grievously injured.

Earlier on Sunday, the police had said they had not been able to speak to her since she was still unconscious.

An FIR was initially registered at the Santacruz police station, and unidentified individuals had been charged with robbery with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt under the Indian Penal Code.

According to the police, Raheja had ordered food from a restaurant located on SV Road in Santacruz (West) on Wednesday evening and two men posing as delivery men are recorded to have entered Shalimar Society at 8 pm.

The alleged assailants have been captured entering and exiting the building on the CCTV cameras located on the premises.

“The faces of the men are clear in the cameras.

We have also been speaking to other residents in the building to find if anyone of them recognised the men,” said an officer from the Santacruz police station.

The police are also making inquiries at the restaurant to identify whether the assailants were employed there.

“Raheja ordered food from that restaurant. We are in the process of establishing whether the men who attacked her worked at the restaurant or not,” the officer said.

The police said the exact value of the stolen goods had also not yet been ascertained because Raheja’s relatives had not completed a detailed inventory of her possessions.

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