Two days after an 84-year-old man and his caretaker were murdered in his plush Thane flat, the police on Thursday arrested two men for the crime.

Two days after an 84-year-old man and his caretaker were murdered in his plush Thane flat, the police on Thursday arrested two men for the crime. One of the accused is a former employee of the victim.

According to the police, Sitaram Shroff had fired Prashant Pawar (28) as his caretaker around three months ago because he suspected him of stealing money. Pawar wanted to avenge the insult, and had also planned to burgle the flat after killing his former employer, who lived alone in the Bramhand locality of Thane, officers said.

DCP Parag Manere said that Shroff suffered from an illness for which he needed a caretaker, and had hired Pawar’s father from a Sion-based agency nearly a year ago. His father could not be at work all the time and hence Pawar too started coming in for 12-hour shifts. The father-son duo was paid nearly Rs 1,000 per day. “Nearly three months ago, however, Pawar was caught stealing money from the house. Shroff then fired him and employed 41-year-old Santosh Lavgare as his caretaker,” the DCP said.

Pawar had been unemployed since then, police said.
“Pawar wanted revenge, and together with his friend Ashish Yadav (19), who resided in his locality in Kalyan, decided to murder both Shroff and Lavgare and make away with the money and valuables in the flat,” senior inspector of the Thane Police Crime Branch Nitin Thakre said.

Accordingly, the duo reached the Regency Heights building on Tuesday night, police said. The watchman asked them to enter their names and accompanied them to Shroff’s residence, where the duo was allowed in. Pawar spoke to the senior citizen for some time in his bedroom while Lavgare in the hall, the police said. After a point, the accused attacked Lavgare with blades they had been carrying.

“They stabbed him nearly 41 times,” an officer said. The two then went to the bedroom, smothered Shroff and made away with nearly Rs 40,000 cash, mobile phones and other electronic appliances.
Shroff’s grand daughter Rutika, who also stays in Mumbai, was informed about the incident, following which a case was registered at the Kasarwadavli police station.

An officer said that Shroff had two sons, one of whom passed away while the other lives in Sewri. It was through technical intelligence and CCTV footage at the society that the police managed to nab the accused, an officer added.

Manere said they will file an application for the case to be tried in a fast-track court and a special public prosecutor to be appointed.

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