Hema Upadhyay murder: guilty hide in Uttar Pradesh?


A Mumbai Police team which is enquiry the double murder of establishment artist Hema Upadhyay and her lawyer Harish Bhambhani has gone to Uttar Pradesh as it doubt that the guilty must have taken shelter there.

A police team left for UP to trace the guilty, as it suspects that they must have fled to that state, a senior police officer told PTI on Monday.

The bodies of Hema (43) and Bhambhani (65), their hands and feet tied with ropes, were recovered from a drain in suburban Kandivali on Saturday night. The bodies were stuffed in two cardboard boxes.

Their sample have been sent for chemical analysis and their autopsy reports are awaited.

As per our investigation, their bodies were transported in a tempo from suburban Juhu to Kandivali (W).

Police has also quizzed the transporter, who confirmed that he throw the two boxes in a nullah in Kandivali on Saturday afternoon thinking that it implied broken antiques.

Police on Saturday recorded the detail of the watchman at Hema’s apartment in Juhu Tara Road and her home servant Lalit Mandal.

Hema’s outside husband Chintan, who was in Delhi and arrived in the city yesterday, was questioned by the Crime Branch yesterday.

On Saturday Hema’s domestic help had filed a missing complaint at Santacruz police station .

police said, Hema and Bhambhani were missing since Friday evening,  adding the watchman of Hema had last seen her on Friday at 11 AM.

Around 6.30 PM on Friday Bhambhani had left his King Circle home in Matunga to meet Hema.

Bhambhani met Hema at her art studio in Andheri and at around 8.30 PM on Friday. Then he had a word with his wife on phone, after which the Bhambhani family couldn’t speak with the latter nevertheless calling him frantically several times.

Police suspect that an unidentified person, but known to the duo, had called the lawyer to give fresh proof in a property dispute case of Hema.

They also strongly doubtful that the duo were smothered by the killers.

Additional Commissioner of Police (North Region) Fatehsingh Patil informed that his team is very close to case but did not divulge anything further.

Bhambhani’s car, in which he had left for the meeting, is yet to be traced. said Police

The Baroda born artist had in 2013 filed a case against Chintan, replant he painted dirty pictures of women on the walls of their matrimonial home in Mumbai to harass her.