The body of a 39-year-old man, gagged and without any clothes, was found inside his home near Metro Cinemas Wednesday.
Police said Baburao Raoria, who ran a shop in the area, was believed to have been strangulated to death in the early hours of Wednesday. His body was found around 11.30 am.
According to the Azad Maidan police, who are probing the case, Raoria’s body was found by a woman who rented his home during the day for tuition classes.
“Raoria ran a photocopy shop about 100 metres away from his house. He used his home only to sleep. On Wednesday, when the woman opened the door, which was latched from outside, she found Raoria laying unclad on the floor of his room. She then contacted the control room,” said an investigating officer.
Officers privy to details of the investigation said Raoria had a cloth put in his mouth over which two dupattas were tied around his mouth. Police said the house was not disturbed and no items, apart from his mobile phone, seemed to be missing.
“There were no injuries on his body, only lots of hair of a woman on the floor. Raoria was without any piece of clothing. We suspect this could be a case of sexual assault. His body was sent to JJ hospital for a thorough medical examination. We are awaiting the post-mortem report,” said an officer.
The police claimed that there was no sign of forced entry into the house, which suggested Roaria knew the accused.
Preliminary probe revealed that Raoria’s mobile phone was last operational at 12.15 am Wednesday and the location was near Metro Cinemas and not his home. “There are no CCTV cameras in the Dhobi Talao area that captured the movements of Raoria,” said an investigator.
Officers have learnt that Raoria used to lend money, which is another angle they are probing. The Mumbai Police Crime Branch is also running a parallel investigation . The Azad Maidan police have recorded the statement of the woman who found the body.
“She claimed to be his sister and said anyone in the building could vouch for that. She had known Raoria for more than three years,” said an officer.