Dombivli: A 33-year-old woman from Dombivli was allegedly killed and the body found hidden in a sofa-cum-bed at her residence. The police said the husband and the child were out and attending office and school, respectively; when they returned home, they found Supriya missing.
"They started searching for her and when there was no response, contacted relatives and neighbours to inquire about her whereabouts. When they drew a blank, the husband approached the police to file a missing complaint.
Late at night, when he returned, the neighbors were gathered outside his house. In the course of their well-meaning inquiry, they found the sofa-bed in a different position than usual.
"The neighbors decided to shift the sofa to its usual position. When they tried doing so, it was heavier than usual; they got suspicious, prised open the sofa, only to find Supriya's body. Shocked, the husband, with the help of neighbours, approached the police who reached the spot and initiated the investigation," said a police officer.
The woman was assaulted on head with some object and later strangled with a nylon tie.
The Manpada police have registered a murder case but are yet to ascertain who could be involved in the murder; also, whether there is a theft angle or it was a case of assault, which will be clear only after the postmortem report is out.
The police said the woman has been identified as Supriya Kishore Shinde, 33, a resident of B-wing, Om residency, Shivshakti Nagar, Davdigaon, Dombivli east. Supriya stayed with her husband who works with a private firm and they have an 11-year-old son. The incident took place on February 15, between 12:30pm and 9pm.
"Her husband went to work in the morning and the son went to school at 12:30pm. She was alone at home, when some unknown person attacked her,'' said a police officer.
Shekar Bagade, senior police inspector, Manpada police station, confirmed that a case has been registered under section 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearing of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code. The Manpada police have formed teams and started interrogating the people in the vicinity. Also, call data records have been sought to check if she made any last call or had received any.