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Double murder case: Shivkumar Rajbhar placed under arrest

Deven Bharti

Mumbai : Two days after he was detained in the double murder case of artist Hema Upadhyaya and her lawyer, the Mumbai Police today formally placed Shivkumar Rajbhar alias Sadhu under arrest even as the prime accused Vidyadhar Rajbhar still remains at large.

Sadhu was brought to the city this morning by a team of Mumbai Police which had gone to Varanasi and detained him, JCP (Law and Order) Deven Bharti told PTI.

He has been arrested and shall be produced in the court shortly, added Bharti.

On whether there was any headway in the investigations and whereabouts of Vidyadhar, Bharti said, “Our probe is still on and we have just got a few insights about the crime. We don’t have complete details about the way in which the crime was carried out and which of the arrested and wanted accused have played what type of role.”

Interrogation of Sadhu–the fourth to be arrested in the case–is likely establish the roles of each of accused in the killings. Also, it will shed light on the involvement of Hema’s estranged husband Chintan Upadhyaya, if any, in the murder, police said.

Bodies of noted installation artist Hema (43) and her lawyer Harish Bhambhani (65) packed in cardboard boxes were found in a drain in Kandivali on Saturday.

Their bodies were wrapped in plastic and stashed into two separate cardboard boxes before being dumped there.

So far, police have arrested four persons in the case namely Azad Rajhbhar, Pradeep Rajhbhar, Vijay Rajhbhar and Shivkumar Rajhar alias Sadhu.

Except Sadhu, who was detained in Varanasi on Monday, the remaining three were picked up from Kandivali on Sunday.

Yesterday, the trio–Azad, Pradeep and Vijay– were placed under arrest after being booked under IPC sections 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention).

The three arrested accused are in the business of manufacturing and selling fibre glass used by Hema and Chintan for their installations.

According to police, the trio along with two other accused — Sadhu and Vidyadhar– had killed the artist and her lawyer.

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