The cause of death of Ghatkopar-based couple Deepak Shah (45) and Tina Shah (39), whose bodies were found inside the bathroom of their flat in a Ghatkopar high-rise on Wednesday, remains shrouded in mystery as their post-mortem report on Thursday ruled out murder, suffocation or death due to electric shock or injury.
Police are now focusing on a six-hour period on Tuesday when the movement of the couple is unaccounted for.
An officer said that while the post-mortem report was inconclusive about the cause of death, it ruled out murder, suffocation or any external injury mark as the cause of death. The officer added that while there was a gas geyser in the bathroom, it was not switched on.
“The door of the bathroom and the glass door that separated the toilet and the bathroom were ajar when the domestic help and family members reached the house. So there was no chance of them being suffocated,” said the officer.
Vital organs of the two bodies have now been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory at Kalina, where a viscera test will be conducted to see if any poisonous substance is found. The officer said that some vomit-type substance was found in the bathroom, which too has been sent for forensic testing.
Meanwhile, police teams are focusing on the movement of the couple between 3.30 pm and 9.30 pm on Tuesday. An officer said that on Tuesday morning, the couple, along with five friends, had gone to a ground in Juhu near Ritambhara College, where their community had organised a get-together to celebrate Holi.
The couple reached the ground at 11 am and left around 3.30 pm along with two friends. “One of their friends was with them till the Chheda Nagar junction in Ghatkopar, till around 3.15 pm. The couple, who were then five minutes away from their residence, reached the building only at 9.30 pm, according to the watchman,” said a police officer.
“The CCTV cameras at the building were not working, so we couldn’t find footage of them entering the building, but the watchman said they came to the building around 9.30 pm,” the officer added.
“We have formed teams to look through CCTV footage to find out where the couple went from Chheda Nagar for six hours,” the officer said.
Meanwhile, the last rites of the couple were carried out at a crematorium in Ghatkopar on Thursday evening. An officer said the couple got married around two years ago, after they met in Bengaluru, where Deepak ran a garment business.
This was Deepak’s second marriage. He has two children from his first marriage.