The Versova police have begun their search for a woman who was named by the 26-year-old former model in her suicide note, before she hanged herself at her Lokhandwala flat Monday. The police arrested the woman’s boyfriend on Wednesday night on the charge of abetment of suicide, based on the one page suicide note.
According to the police, Archana Pandey’s decomposed body was found in her flat on the 12th floor of the New Mhada building in Andheri (West). “We have arrested the woman’s boyfriend, Umar Pathan, for abetment of suicide and are investigating whether there was any other reason behind Pandey’s suicide,” said Arundhati Rane, senior police inspector, Versova police station. The police said apart from Umar Pathan, the suicide note mentioned the name of another woman, Sana. The officers, however, said that neither Pathan nor any of Pandey’s friends know who the other woman is or how the deceased knew her.
Police are now tracing Sana. “Sana’s name is clearly mentioned in the suicide note and it is essential to question her in the case,” said a police officer from Versova police station.
The police suspect that Sana is associated with Pandey’s brother Ashwin, who is lodged in a Gujarat jail. “Ashwin was arrested by the Crime Branch in Ahmedabad in a cheating case, where his bank account was used to transfer Rs 78 crore to the account of a Nigerian. Ashwin had allegedly got 10 per cent of the deal,” said the officer.
The police have recorded the statements of Pandey’s friends. They are now going to question Ashwin by requesting the Ahemdabad police, to get an idea about Sana.
Rane said Pandey’s body was sent to Cooper Hospital on Monday for post-mortem. “From the decomposed state of the body, we can assume that Pandey might have committed suicide three days ago,” said Rane.
The police said Pandey, who stayed alone in the city, used to work as a finance consultant for the Mirza Production Company, after she quit modelling in 2009. The investigating officers said that in her suicide note she has named Pathan and Sana for abandoning her at time of need.
Police sources said Pandey was earning well and did not have any financial problems, but was suffering from depression after Ashwin’s arrest.