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Accused Felt The Senior Citizens Would Be Easy To Rob

The senior citizen couple, found murdered in their Dahanu farmhouse last week, was allegedly killed by their former caretaker's son who wanted to rob them, police said.

The accused Ravi Thakur (30), a Surat resident who did odd jobs, had come to Kotim village, Vangaon, four days before killing Naushir Irani (76) and his wife Nargis (74) on December 9.

He planned to kill the couple on December 8 and even cut their power supply . But he could not execute his plan as the couple had switched on their inverter.

On Monday , Ravi was arrested from Surat, where he returned after the crimes, andwas booked for double murder. He was remanded to police custody till December 24, said Palghar district superintendent of police Suvez Haq.

Ravi told the police that he had borrowed money from people in Surat and planned to rob the couple as he felt they were easy targets. But he managed to get only around Rs 20,000 from the farmhouse, said police.

Ravi worked in the Irani bungalow as a teen with his father Ramkhilawan, who passed away four years ago. He was thrice caught stealing from the couple's bungalow as a teen but was always let off with a warning. After his father's death, he moved to Surat where he married and lived under a new name.

From December 5, he kept a watch on the couple's movements. On December 9, he entered the farmhouse at around 7.30pm, long after the couple's house help left around 6pm. He entered the bungalow from the rear side and killed Naushir, who was in the kitchen, with a sharp weapon. He came out of the farmhouse and saw Nargis returning from her walk. He slit her throat and dragged her underneath a tree. The farmhouse did not have any CCTV or a security guard.

Police said after the killings, he returned to the farmhouse and watched television, had milk and fruits stocked in the refrigerator. He even moved around in the 15-acre plot and ate fruits frmo the orchard. Police said Ravi was aware that no one visited the couple after their maid left every day .

The couple's daughter Tanaaz would speak to her parents at night. When she did not hear from them that night, she asked the maid to get to the bungalow early morning the next day .

Ravi was the prime suspect as the caretaker of an adjoining bungalow had seen him in the area last Monday . He was nabbed based on his cellphone location. Police said there were two previous cases of theft registered against him in Palghar.

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