A customer care executive with a software company and her five-year-old son were found murdered at their Empire Estate apartment in Chinchwad on Friday morning. Vidya Deepak Ghorpade (34) worked with Fujitsu Consultancy in Talawade; Om was in senior KG at Potdar International School.
The motive and identity of the murderer are still unclear. No valuables were stolen but Vidyas car is missing,police said.
Vidya and her son had been staying in the three-bedroom apartment since August. Her husband Deepak,who works with SAP,lives in Bangalore.
Vidya and Om had gone to her maternal home in Pimpri on Thursday,driven home around 10 pm and parked her car in the allotted space. The Pune,Mumbai and Bangalore police have been informed about the missing car.
On Friday,Vidyas brother Pravin Prataprao Mandhare failed to contact her over the phone,went to the apartment and got no response when he rang the doorbell. He then called the security in-charge of the society,got the door opened and saw blood on the floor.
They called the Chinchwad police who found the bodies with stab injuries below a heap of clothes in one of the rooms. The killer had stabbed Vidya and Om several times.
The police noticed a leakage of gas from the domestic LPG cylinder in the apartment. The knob of the gas stove was open. We suspect that the murderer had purposely left the knob open and wanted to blow up the flat, said inspector Mahesh Joshi of Chinchwad police.
The police recovered Vidyas mobile phone and are investigating the call details.
The motive is not yet clear. We suspect it was planned. There were not much valuables at home,but the car is missing. We have some clues but nothing can be shared now, said DCP (Zone III) Mahesh Patil.
Police said they have informed Vidyas husband. He last came to Pune on February 12 for Oms birthday.
Police have recorded the statements of Vidyas colleagues,family members,housemaid and neighbours. We did not hear any cries or noise from Vidyas apartment in the night, said a neighbour.
Empire Estate has 25 buildings with 850 apartments. Cameras are installed at each entrance and exit point, but none of them were functioning at the time of the murder.
Security in-charge Kanitkar said he was not completely aware of the security equipment as he had joined work only 20 days ago. He said there were 10 security guards.