Investigating the murder of a mother-daughter duo on November 5 in their house, the Thane police Monday arrested three persons in the case. After a nearly week-long search, the police arrested the three — including a 19-year-old woman who worked at the house of the deceased — from Karnataka on charges of murder. Her mother is also among the arrested.
Prima facie, the police suspect that the motive behind the murder was robbery as the accused were under financial strain and were facing debts. They had fled with cash and jewellery worth nearly Rs 1.5 lakh from the house of the deceased, Naziya Siddiqui (32) and her daughter Taniya Siddiqui (11), the police said.
Deputy Commissioner of Police DS Swamy said they arrested Aamina Kanchwala (37), her daughter Arshiya (19), who worked at the house of the deceased, and one Ali Akbar Kanchwala. “Ever since the murder, we had been looking for the trio. They were arrested from Karnataka,” Swamy said.
The officer added that while they have not yet interrogated the accused, the motive behind the murder appears to be robbery. “Aamina and Arshiya were under financial debt and were finding it difficult to arrange for the money. After committing the murders, the accused took the cash and jewellery before they fled,” Swamy said.
An officer said that Arshiya has told them that Naziya had asked her to do some “inappropriate” things as well, because of which they decided to murder her.