Already witness to a the mystery of Sheena Bohra’s murder, Mumbai woke up to the shocking news of a double murder, as the bodies of artist Hema Upadhyay and her lawyer Harsh Bhambani were found from a sewage drain in Kandivli of Mumbai,

The bodies of contemporary artist and painter Hema Upadhyay (45) and lawyer Harish Bhambhani (65) were were found in separate cardboard boxes from a nullah in northern Mumbai suburb of Kandivali. According to police sources, Hema had been a Mumbai resident for the last ten years and was seeking divorce from her estranged husband Chintan.

Three persons have been detained in this connection, they said adding that a probe has been launched into this suspected case of ‘double murder’.

Bodies of artist Hema Upadhyay, lawyer found in Kandivali nullah

The bodies were recovered last evening from the cardboard boxes, which were found lying near a nullah (drain) in Morekar wadi-Dhanukarwadi close to the cremation ground behind Thakur International School in suburban Kandivali, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Detection Dhananjay Kulkarni said.

On Sunday, the Kandivali Police, in whose jurisdiction the bodies were found, called the husband of the deceased, Chintan Upadhyay for questioning. The forensic experts haven’t yet been able to ascertain the reason for the deaths.

Hema Upadhayay’s parents who are living in Baroda and are yet to come to the city. She was residing in Mittal Ocean Building on Juhu Tara Road, Santacruz (West). The deceased was living with her servant Lalit Mandal (35), who is yet to be questioned.

Advocate Harish Bhambhani was a resident of King’s Circle in Matunga.

Both the bodies were found with their hands and legs tied with ropes inside the boxes, police said.

Meanwhile, three persons have been detained in this connection and are being questioned, police said adding that a case has been registered in this connection.

In 2013, Bhambani had represented Hema in a case after she filed harassment complaints against her husband Chintan and alleged that he had painted obscene sketches on the walls of her room.



(With Agency Inputs)

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