Last weekend two dead bodies of minors were found in Mumbai's Kurla area -- first of a 12-year-old boy stuffed in a red suitcase near the parcel office of the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, and then of a 7-year-old boy under a jute sack in a ration shop.
The second boy had been reported missing. An officer told The Hindustan Times, "The ration shop has two rooms separated by a door. The owner said he opened the door and saw the boy's legs sticking out from under a sack. A school textbook was on the floor next to him."
Reports suggest the boy lived near Kranti Nagar, near the ration shop.
Meanwhile the body in the red suitcase, the police said, was not decomposed and was found with its clothes intact. They told The Hindustan Times that the body could have been brought from somewhere else and dumped at the bus terminus.
These two bodies have added to the list of unsolved murder mysteries that have emerged in Mumbai in the recent past. These cases remain unsolved as the police have been left stumped with clues that lead nowhere.
The curious case of Brendon Gonsalves
Before these two bodies, the case of Brendon Gonsalves had left the Mumbai police baffled. The police first found the severed head of the 23-year-old Goregaon resident in Aarey Colony on December 22. Then they found 'sinister' drawings in his notebook that depicted beheadings and strange symbols.
"It seems he foresaw his death. For he sketched a man decapitating another man with an axe. That his how his body was found in Aarey some time later," the police told The Indian Express. They have been trying to decipher the drawings and say that his murder could have been a case of human sacrifice.
The police haven't ruled out some sort of Satanic cult.
Woman's body with photo stuck to the head
Another such curious case was when the body of a woman was washed ashore in Cuffe Parade, behind the Afghan Church with a photo stuck to the head. The partially decomposed body had been found by a naval team in November 2016, wrapped in a bed sheet stamped with the initials 'GL'.
Since the police suspected that she was killed elsewhere, they approached the weather department to find in which direction the wind was blowing on the suspected day of murder, which they said was four days before the body was found.
The police reconstructed the image of the woman based on the photo found on her body, but are still clueless about how the murder took place.
The disrobed body in Malad East
A woman's naked body was found in May, 2016, with deep gashed on her face, in the forests of Kurar in Malad East. According to a report published in The Indian Express on May 7, the police had suspected that she had been sexually assaulted.
However a post-mortem ruled out any sexual assault while sniffer dogs led to her saree, blouse, handkerchief and pair of slippers.
Senior police inspector of the Kurar police station, Limbanna Vhanamane, told The Indian Express, "We are yet to identify the victim. No one came forward to claim the body, neither could we match it to a missing persons complaint. No arrests have been made, but our inquiry is going on."
Woman's body chopped in two suitcases
In December, 2015 the body chopped body of a woman was found in two suitcases near the Indian Oil premises on the Ghatkopar-Mankhurd link road in Deonar. The Times of India had reported that a technician working in the company found the body when he saw a brown suitcase in a nullah with hair sticking out of it. Her throat was slit, and both her hands had been chopped off.
A blue suitcase was found in the same gutter within minutes with her dismembered hands and some clothes. The police had reported that while half of her hair was made into a partial plait, the rest of her hair looked like it had not been combed for ages. They said she would have been between 30 and 33 years old.
This case too remains unsolved. The Indian Express quoted an officer as saying, "We went there with the sketch that we had prepared for the woman. However, no one identified her. It has been more than a year. Once the body is identified, it becomes relatively easier to solve the case. Without an identity, we just have to wait for some clue to come out of the blue that will help us track down the accused."