The Mumbai police team, who are investigating the double murder case, have arrested three more persons, taking the total of arrested accused in the case to four. The team had reached Uttar Pradesh, on Monday, as they suspected that the culprits must have taken shelter there.
Earlier, accused Shivkumar Rajbhar was arrested in Varanasi by Uttar Pradesh special task force. Shivkumar Rajbhar confessed that he killed Hema Upadhyay and lawyer Harish Bhambhani, with the aid of four accomplices, after Upadhyay failed to pay for a metal statue made for her, media reported.
According to reports, one of the arrested persons is the tempo driver Vikas Rajbhar, who tipped the police. In his statement, he told the police that he transported the cardboard boxes after he was told that the boxes contained damaged antiques. Other two are workers in the same warehouse where the victims were allegedly killed and stuffed in boxes.
The bodies of Hema Upadhayay, 43, and her lawyer Bhambhani, 65, were recovered from a drain in suburban Kandivali with their hands and feet tied with ropes.
The police are now on the trail for the main accused Vidhyadhar Rajbhar, who is currently at large. “The questioning of the four detainees, including the one held today in Varanasi, led to the information that the murder took place at the behest of a person called Vidyasagar Rajbhar,” a senior police officer, who is part of the probe team, said.
Earlier, the police had questioned Hema’s husband Chintan Upadhyay, besides her driver and domestic servants. Police had recorded the statement of the watchman at Hema’s apartment in Juhu Tara Road and her domestic servant Lalit Mandal, on Saturday.
Hema’s domestic help had filed a missing complaint at Santacruz police station, on Saturday, and Bhambhani’s younger daughter Anita had also filed a missing complaint at Matunga police station, on Saturday.