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Sandhya Singh murder: Cops suspect insider hand

Crime Branch officials investigating the murder of Navi Mumbai resident Sandhya Singh said several aspects of the case point to insider involvement.

Written by Gautam S Mengle | Mumbai | Published: July 24, 2013 2:27 am

Crime Branch officials investigating the murder of Navi Mumbai resident Sandhya Singh said several aspects of the case point to insider involvement.

The Thane sessions court Tuesday rejected the anticipatory bail application filed by Sandhya’s son Raghuveer. He filed the application on June 22,after being repeatedly questioned by the Crime Branch,who claimed to have detected several contradictions in his statement.

Sandhya,the sister of music composer duo Jatin-Lalit and actors Sulakshna and Vijeta Pandit,went missing on December 13,2012. Her partial skeleton was found on Palm Beach Road on January 28. The case was transferred to Crime Branch after it was found that Sandhya had been in regular touch with assistant inspector Anil Behrani till the day before her disappearance.

“We suspected an insider hand. It takes seven years for a missing person to be declared officially dead,and only then can their property be transferred to the next of kin. This aspect,and the way the skeleton was found,can’t be ignored,” said a cop.

A Navi Mumbai officer added,“Palm Beach Road is not the ideal spot to hide a body and it is next to impossible to do so without being seen. Also,Sandhya’s belongings were found next to the skeleton,which we thought was fishy.”

Officials said they became suspicious when the statement Raghuveer gave about Sandhya’s movements on the day of her disappearance clashed with those given by eyewitnesses. “Raghuveer claimed Sandhya left for a relative’s place in Juhu,whereas several people said she left saying she was going to the bank to deposit jewellery. When his sister called him the next day,he told her that Sandhya was sleeping. Raghuveer now denies saying this,” said an officer.

Officials said relations between mother and son were strained due to his drug abuse. Sandhya also disapproved of his girlfriend,who moved in with Raghuveer,as she introduced him to drugs,police said.

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