Porvorim police arrested two persons, Dileshwar Patra, a native of West Bengal residing at Succoro and Chandrakant Bhise, a native of Dharwad residing at Vasco, for allegedly killing a senior citizen by strangulating her, and decamping with gold ornaments and cash worth lakhs of rupees, revealed Porvorim police inspector Dalvi.
The third accused is absconding and police have already dispatched a team to nab the accused.
Speaking to this daily, Dalvi said that they acted upon a complaint lodged by the friend of the victim, Jose Heredia from Porvorim on June 14, wherein he said Patra was appointed as a care-taker to look after the lady.
The care-taker started a close friendship with Natividade Fernandes (87) and convinced her to stay with him in a rented flat. He brought her from an old age home “Reachout’’ on the pretext of taking care of her in the flat. Patra then planned the murder as he noticed the elderly woman spending money lavishly.
Natividade began trusting him with bank cheques, gold and money, but when she discovered him withdrawing cash and stealing her gold ornaments she asked him to quit the job as caretaker.
Two days after he quit the job, he along with a friend who was an ex- jail inmate strangulated the senior citizen with a pillow, and to wipe-out evidence they buried the body at a cashew plantation at Mayem. They later fled with jewellery and cash.
Police acted swiftly and arrested the alleged accused who confessed to the crime. The police succeeded in recovering the stolen gold ornaments and exhumed the body with the help of deputy collector Bicholim and sent it for post mortem examination at GMC.
The police team managed to crack the murder case with the help of PSI, Mahesh Naik, Vishwajeet Chodankar, and Sajit Pillay besides police constables Vidhyadhar Amonkar, Prashant Chopdekar, Keshav Patekar and others. Police have attached a car and a pillow used in the murder.