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Chintan arrested in Hema Upadhyay murder

Published On : 22 Dec 2015

Mumbai (The Hindu): Artist Chintan Upadhyay was on Tuesday arrested in connection with the murder of his wife Hema and her lawyer Harish Bhambhani. The duo were found dead on the evening of December 12, and Chintan is the fifth accused to be arrested in the murder.

Additional Commissioner of Police Fattesingh Patil, North region confirmed that Chintan, who was taken to the police station late on Monday evening, was placed under arrest at around 8:00 am on Tuesday.

Sources said that Chintan was grilled through the night by the Kandivali police about his association with main accused Vidyadhar Rajbhar, who is currently on the run.

A lot of his interactions Vidyadhar in the days before the murder, and discrepancies in his statements regarding them, cast suspicion on him, said a source.

Interestingly, Chintan has been questioned exhaustively by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch for one full week. Monday was the first time that the Kandivali police questioned him, and arrested him within 24 hours of questioning. .

Chintan was produced in the Metropolitan Magistrate's court in Borivali later on Tuesday, where the police sought and received custody for further interrogation till Decemeber 1. The other four arrested accused, whose time in police custody has been extended till December 28, were also produced at the same time.

Photo credit: The Hindu

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