The bodies of well known painter and installation artist Hema Upadhyay and her attorney Harish Bhambhani have been discovered packaged inside cardboard boxes the authorities said on Sunday. The couple was reported missing since Friday.
The bodies were dumped in a drain in the Kandivali suburbs and were packed closely in cardboard boxes. Vikram Deshmane, a senior police officer is quoted as saying, “It’s a clear case of homicide. We’ll determine the cause of harms just following the post mortem report comes out,” said senior Mumbai police officer Vikram Deshmane.
A case of homicide was filed against unknown individuals and bodies sent for post mortem examination, said Chimaji Aadhav, senior inspector of the Mumbai crime branch of Component 11.
“A police team left for Uttar Pradesh to track the perpetrators, as it supposes that they have to have fled to that state,” a senior police official said.
The bodies identified and were recovered, sources said. The bodies were seen by local sweepers who believed there was something wrong. Based on Zee News, a police officer involved in the probe has stated the bodies were discovered in a “semi-nude” state.
In this connection, the transporter, who affirmed he dropped the two cartons in a nullah in Kandivali on Saturday day believing that it included broken antiques has also been interrogated by authorities. The statement of the transporter was recorded, they said. Additionally, authorities on Saturday recorded the statement of the watchman at the flat of Hema and her domestic servant Lalit Mandal.NDTV reported that injuries were born by the bodies on the hands and feet.
As stated by The Hindu, physicians who conducted the preliminary examination of the bodies have the view that death happened three to four hours before the bodies were discovered.
Mid Day reported the truck driver who drove bodies and the alleged killers to the place where the bodies were disposed away from the warehouse had tipped the cops off, after seeing the narrative in papers. The motorist stated the killers had said that they needed to eliminate waste.Additional Commissioner of Police (North Area) Fatehsingh Patil told that his team is extremely close to breaking case but didn’t divulge anything farther.
Mid Day reported that one of the primary defendants is owner of a Charkop warehouse where Hema used to keep her works, Gotu. According to Mid Day, it may be about a dispute of Rs five lakh between them both. The newspaper also verified that attorneys as well as the artist’s’ last known cell places were at the towers between the Kandivali godown as well as Charkop.
DNA reported that Rajbhar, a metal manufacturing artist could even be involved as well as the cops are on the lookout for him.
The Vadodara-produced artist was estranged from her husband Chintan an artist, as well as the couple had filed for divorce. Based on NDTV, the Mumbai Police is questioning against whom she’d filed a harassment case and her domestic helpers Chintan.
In 2013, a harassment case filed against Chintan, alleging he painted the walls of their matrimonial house in Mumbai with obscene images of girls. Bhambani had appeared in the case for her.