The police said the killer was known to Lakhwani and previous enemity or a financial dispute could be a possible motive. The officials have picked up a close friend of Lakhawanis for questioning after learning that the two had a dispute. Lakhwani stayed with his mother, Kavita (65), and brother, Kamlesh (29), at a rented flat in New Lotus Society in Mulund Colony. He used to work at a BPO in Malad but quit the job three years ago to take up event management.
Lakhwani had left their apartment around 6:45 pm without telling anyone where he was going to. An hour later, passers by found him lying on the ground, bleeding profusely, at Dongarwadi Pipeline, a 10-minute walk from his building. He died within 20 minutes of being hospitalised, the police said.
"The killer did not leave any clues behind. The spot was absolutely deserted and there were apparently no witnesses to the murder. We are questioning Lakhwani's acquaintances,'' said investigating officer Bajrang Salunke.
"Two boys from the neighbourhood came running to our place and told me that Rajesh was lying injured at the Pipeline area,'' his mother, Kavita, told reporters.
The police are also trying to get hold of Lakhwani's cellphone and check the records. "Lakhwani had apparently left behind his mobile at home before going out on Wednesday. However, the family cannot find it anywhere. We are making inquiries with the members and recording their statements,'' Salunke said. The Mulund police have registered a case of murder under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code against an unidentified person.