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Housemaid’s death suspected to be suicide after inquiries: police

Mumbai: The death of Hannah Halim, a housemaid working for a Lokhandwala resident, is now being treated as a suicide, following inquiries with one of her co-workers, the police said on Friday.

Hannah (18), who used to work for businessman Alan Amin and would stay in the servants’ quarters, was found lying in a pool of blood in the building compound on Thursday. She was taken to Kokilaben Ambani Hospital in Andheri, where she was declared dead before admission.

According to the Oshiwara police, one of the other servants gave a statement late on Thursday night regarding Hannah’s behaviour just before her death.

“Hannah’s co-worker has told us that she suddenly came up to him and said she was sorry and then shut the door to the servant’s quarters before he would make sense of her words. A short while later, he heard a commotion in the compound, and saw Hannah lying in a pool of blood,” an officer with the Oshiwara police said.

The officer said the injuries on Hannah’s body are consistent with a fall from a height, and since there was no one else in the servant’s quarters at the time, foul play has been ruled out for the moment.

Hannah’s family reached the city from their native Tripura and the police are making inquiries with them. The police are also going through her call detail records and speaking to her friends.

Meanwhile, the police are awaiting a detailed post-mortem report for Sunita Singh (49), a resident of Crossgate building in Oshiwara, who was also found dead in her residence on Thursday. The police said circumstantial evidence points to her slipping and falling in the bathroom, sustaining head injuries that are believed to have caused her death.

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