Mumbai: Techie reaches mother’s flat on return from US, finds her skeleton

Khanwilkar said that since the 10th floor has only two flats and both belong to the Sahanis, neighbours did not sense any foul smell.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: August 8, 2017 9:11 am
Vijay Malgaonkar, Man kills live-in partner, India news, crime news, national news, Police said Rituraj found the body of his mother, which had decomposed to such an extent that only her skeleton remained. (Representational)

When Rituraj Sahani arrived from the US and reached his mother’s Oshiwara flat Sunday morning, no one answered the door. He managed to enter the house with the help of a keymaker. On reaching the bedroom, he found his 63-year-old mother’s skeletal remains. Given the complete decomposition of the body, police believe she passed away at least a few weeks ago. They have registered a case of accidental death and are waiting for the post-mortem report. They believe she died of natural causes as no injury marks were found on her body and the door was locked from the inside.

Subhash Khanvilkar, senior inspector, Oshiwara police station, said, “Asha K Sahani had been staying alone at her 10th floor residence in Wells Cot society in Andheri’s Lokhandwala area since her husband died in 2013. Their son Rituraj, an engineer, had moved to the US in 1997.” “The last conversation between the mother and son took place in April 2016. At that point, Sahani had told him that she felt lonely. She had also asked him to get her into an old-age home,” the officer said. Also Read | Mumbai: Techie reaches mother’s flat on return from US, finds her skeleton 

Khanwilkar said that since the 10th floor has only two flats and both belong to the Sahanis, neighbours did not sense any foul smell. “In the bedroom, Rituraj found the body of his mother, which had decomposed to such an extent that only her skeleton remained. We suspect she must have passed away at least a few weeks ago.”

Police are now recording statements of Rituraj and residents of the building to find out when was the last time anyone spoke to her. “The post-mortem report, too, will give us some clarity on the time of death,” said an officer.

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    K R Srinivasan
    Aug 14, 2017 at 7:11 am
    The comment that anyway she would have died is ok but why the son did not keep in touch with her on regular basis. We shudder to think that there are sons who live far or near but do not bother whether parents are alive or not. This is not an isolated case.
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      Ali
      Aug 14, 2017 at 6:43 am
      He will die the same way... Or probably in an even worse way... Karma. If you can't take care of your parents, how do you expect your children will take care of you...
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        Zafar Rahmani
        Aug 11, 2017 at 9:06 am
        Reading this news i feel ashamed in which society we live. Are we can say we are civilized? Todays man became an animal running towards money.
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          Karan sharma
          Aug 9, 2017 at 2:27 pm
          What a stupid son he should be hanged till death in us not in India as he likes it more there not here so he should be handed indriectly to death for her mother s death who have raised him to go to USA and that what the result is he have giveing such mans should be given life impresionment in USA jail
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            Roro
            Aug 9, 2017 at 12:43 pm
            So a person who has been in a other country for 20 odd years is somehow suddenly lyrics responsible for their mother's death due to "negligence"? That is some absurd logic applied by people in this comments section. I'm guessing none of you ever left your homes or you mommy's side. She would have died regardless of whether he contacted her or not. It is sad that she died in such isolation and the son could have done something to change that, but it doesn't make him responsible for what happened like some of you morons are trying to say in the comments.
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              Karan sharma
              Aug 9, 2017 at 2:28 pm
              Hats off to ur comments respect u mate
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                Vinoth Kumar Sevagamurthy
                Aug 12, 2017 at 7:23 am
                The mother would have died anyway. But she deserves a right funeral which is not happened on the right time. That's why people are blaming the son. If you leave your parents with a proper care then no issues. Information would reach you on such incidents. Here nobody noticed about her existence. Living such a life alone in that old age not surrounded by your friends or relatives is the real hell. And you say others as morons huh.
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                Kodanda Raman
                Aug 8, 2017 at 5:21 pm
                Techie's last conversation with his mother was in April 2016. More investigation to be done by police.
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                  Shakeer
                  Aug 8, 2017 at 3:46 pm
                  One who doesn't know how to pay respect to his mother and does not understand his duties towards his parents had missed the most beautiful moments of his life. She would have died anyways but this so called son has lost something so precious that he will regret for his life. If he doesn't regret then one day he will also die without knowing why he came into this world. It's unfortunate era we are in.
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                    Karan sharma
                    Aug 9, 2017 at 2:29 pm
                    Nice reply to such sons awesome
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                    Shakeer
                    Aug 8, 2017 at 3:46 pm
                    One who doesn't know how to pay respect to his mother and does not understand his duties towards his parents had missed the most beautiful moments of his life. She would have died anyways but this so called son has lost something so precious that he will regret for his life. If he doesn't regret then one day he will also die without knowing why he came into this world. It's unfortunate era we are in.
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