Elderly couple, son found dead in Kalyan apartment

MumbaiInvestigators look for clues at the Kalyan flat. Deepak joshi

The bodies of an elderly couple and their son were found in their Kalyan residence on Sunday night. Thane police officers said the son, believed to be in his 30s, had made a distress call to them from same apartment, claiming that he was being attacked by robbers. However, police suspect that he may have killed his parents before committing suicide.

Officers said the hands of Subhash Wankhede (65) and his wife Pramodini (55) were tied and ropes around their necks, while their son Dnyaneshwar lay beside a carbon dioxide tank in their apartment on the fourth floor of Mayuresh Apartments at Agra Road, Kalyan (West).

The Bazarpeth police have, for now, registered a case of triple murder.

Dnyaneshwar, a lab technician in the computer science and engineering department at IIT Bombay, sent around 10 frantic messages to his friends and relatives, asking for help as robbers had entered his flat. In his last message at 8.15 pm, he said the robbers were assaulting him. He simultaneously reported the 'attack' on the police control room number 100.

On receiving the messages, Sameer Lokhande, Dnyaneshwar's brother-in-law, sent a common friend to Wankhede residence. The friend and the police patrol van reached the residence around the same time and entered the flat to find the bodies.

"According to the post-mortem report, the couple died due to suffocation. We are awaiting the autopsy report of Dnyaneshwar," said Parag Manere, deputy commissioner of police.

Police suspect that Dnyaneshwar could have spun a story to ensure that the bodies were removed the same day, and people were alerted. However, no note or dying declaration has been found to confirm this theory, officers added.

A few relatives who were questioned on Monday morning have told the police that Dnyaneshwar was apparently upset as the family was unable to find a suitable bride for him. "There was a lot of tension in the family over the issue. They had seen around 80 potential brides," said a police officer. Dnyaneshwar's sister Hemlata was not in a position to comment.

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