A 69-year-old businessman was found dead in his godown in Khar on Monday. The police said he had been strangled with a nylon rope and that the body bore several stab wounds.
Police identified the deceased as Maheshchandra Bafna, who ran a store on S V Road in Khar (West).
Police said Bafna had shut his shop at around 10.30 pm on Sunday, telling his employees that he was going to meet a doctor in Jogeshwari.
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“When their father did not return home on Sunday night, Bafna’s two children went to his godown, located next to the shop, to look for him, as his phone was unreachable. They saw that the shutter of the godown was not entirely shut and when they went inside, saw their father lying in a pool of blood,” said an officer from Khar police station.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone IX) Satyanarayan Chaudhury said, “The victim had died due to strangulation.”
A post-mortem was conducted at Bandra’s Bhabha Hospital, while the Khar police station has registered a case of murder and robbery against unidentified persons.
“Bafna and his son also ran a money-lending business, so we are looking into that angle also. His cellphone and wallet were missing from his person. A probe is on,” said a police officer.
He added, “We suspect someone close to the victim has committed the crime, as the incident took place inside the godown. The victim was last seen by his employees and as there is no CCTV camera outside the shop, it is difficult for us to know who the victim met that night.”