A 60-year-old woman and her son, in his early 40s, were found dead with multiple injuries in their Ballygunge house on Sunday morning.
Namita Das’s throat had been slit and her son Ajay had been hit on the head with a heavy object and strangulated, said a cop. There were puddles of kerosene in the kitchen of the Deodhar Street house shared by the two and the knob of the gas oven was turned on. The television was also on.
“It appears that the killers attacked the mother and the son with a sharp weapon. Namita was lying on a bed while Ajay was on the floor of the same room,” said joint commissioner (crime) Damayanti Sen.
The motive behind the murders is not clear. Namita’s daughter Rekha Roy alleged that gold ornaments belonging to her mother and brother were missing. Police did not corroborate the claim.
“Preliminary investigation suggests the killer was known to the two and a property dispute might have triggered the attack. The main entrance of the house was bolted from inside and the rear door was open,” said a cop. Ajay was estranged from his second wife.
A sweeper, who had entered the house through the back door to clean the toilet, found the bodies. Neighbours claimed they did not hear or see anything suspicious on Saturday night.