The crime branch claimed Wednesday to have cracked the murder of Kanjurmarg widow Sangeeta Sawant with the arrest of her brother-in-law.
Sangeeta (60) was found dead at her residence five days ago,with police initially identifying three plumbers as suspects. Questioning of relatives later led them to her autorickshaw driver brother-in-law Santosh,who had lent money to her husband and would regularly visit her for recovery.
Police found out that Santosh was a heavy gambler and had tried to snatch a gold chain from Sangeeta on the afternoon she was murdered.
On April 26,her son found Sangeeta lying in a pool of blood. Her throat had been slit. He also found valuables missing from a cupboard.
Two gloves were found on a table near the body but there were no signs of forced entry.
We found a cotton and a plastic glove. We sent the gloves to check for finger prints. The prints did not match that of any of the house helps plumber,electrician,milk delivery boy, said inspector Vinayak Patil of crime branch unit 7.
When CCTV footage from a bank on the ground floor of the building also did not help,police shifted focus to relatives.
Santosh had injury marks on his left leg. He told us he slipped and fell from his autorickshaw. We questioned him further and he broke down and confessed to killing Sangeeta, said Patil.
We found Santosh was in huge debt and often sought money from Sangeeta. On Friday,she refused him Rs 5,000. When Santosh tried snatching her gold chain,Sangeeta hit him leading to a fight. Santosh then slit her throat with a knife from her kitchen and stole her gold ornaments, Patil said. Ornaments worth Rs 3.25 lakh have been recovered.