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Double murder case: Three accused sent to police custody till December 19; hunt on for Hema's killer

Double murder case: Three accused sent to police custody till December 19; hunt on for Hema
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The interrogation of suspects in the double murder of artist Hema Upadhyaya and her lawyer has given fresh leads to investigators on whereabouts of main accused Vidya Rajbhar following which Mumbai Police teams have been dispatched to various locations.

The interrogation of suspects in the double murder of artist Hema Upadhyaya and her lawyer has given fresh leads to investigators on whereabouts of main accused Vidya Rajbhar following which Mumbai Police teams have been dispatched to various locations.


According to police, Vidya's arrest would shed light whether the killing was the fallout of a financial dispute between him and Hema, or whether it was a contract killing ordered by her estranged husband Chintan, who remains to be under scanner in the case.

"We have sent several police teams to different locations outside the state, where we suspect Vidya must have gone hiding," a senior police officer said without divulging further details.


Three other suspects in the case — Azad Rajbhar, Pradeep Rajbhar and Vijay Rajbhar — who were detained in Mumbai on Sunday, have been sent to police custody till December 19.
Meanwhile, police has sealed the warehouse of Vidya at suburban Kandivali (West), where bodies of the victims were found in a drain packed in cardboard boxes. Vidya, who is a resident of Shamsi Housing Society in suburban Kandivali (West), was zeroed in as the main culprit following sustained questioning of the four persons detained in connection with the murders of Hema Upadhyaya (43) and her lawyer Harish Bhambhani (65), who were cremated last evening here in the presence of family and artists.
As per police, on Saturday night, the day they were believed to have been killed, it was Vidya who had called Hema on her mobile at 7.30 pm.

A manhunt was launched for Vidya immediately after Shivkumar Rajbhar alias Sadhu, was detained by the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force in Varanasi yesterday following a request by the Mumbai police.

Sadhu had went public with the claim that the two were killed under instructions from Vidya. "We killed them on orders of Vidya," he had told a TV channel while seated in a police vehicle upon his detention.

Asked how the killings were executed, he said, "We used handkerchiefs soaked in a chemical."
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