Police on Monday informed a court that artist Hema Upadhyay and her lawyer Haresh Bhambhani were smothered to death. Informing the Dindoshi Sessions Court of the final cause of death, the police stated in their reply that doctors at J J Hospital had concluded that the duo had died of “asphyxia due to smothering.”
Terming the deaths as unnatural, the hospital said there were multiple injuries on Bhambhani’s body while Hema had injuries on the right forearm and right lower lip.
Chloroform had been used to weaken them so that they would not resist attempts to kill, a senior police officer added. A viscera report from the Kalina Forensic Sciences Laboratory is yet to be submitted.
The court also rejected a bail application filed by Hema’s estranged husband artist Chintan Upadhyay. The bodies of Upadhyay and Bhambhani were found wrapped in plastic and dumped in a drain in Kandivali west in December.
The duo had gone to meet Vidyadhar Rajbhar, a fabrication artist who ran a workshop nearby, as he allegedly promised to give her some information regarding her divorce case with Chintan.
The police initially arrested four men, three of whom worked at the Vidyadhar’s workshop for the murder, before Chintan himself was placed under arrest.