Rinky Choudhury,28,the model believed to have hanged herself in her Goregaon flat Thursday,had in fact been murdered,the police said after getting the postmortem report.
Choudhurys boyfriend Sahil Malik,already arrested,has been charged with murder. He was in the house when she died.
Citing the postmortem,police said the ligature marks on the neck are not of the type caused by hanging; also,Choudhury had severe head injuries.
It was initially believed that Malik,also a model,and Choudhury were to be married soon,but Choudhurys mother Kohinoor Mandal (Choudhurys real name was Shabnam Mandal) has told the police her daughter had not wished to marry him and he had been trying to force her. Mandal has accused Malik of assaulting her daughter. He has been remanded in police custody till November 4.
Maliks version of that days events was not quite convincing and after the mother told us about his disputes with Rinky Choudhury,it strengthened our suspicions in the light of the postmortem report. We arrested him on charges of murder, said inspector D Kamble of Goregaon police.
Choudhurys mother,who lives in Kolkata,had given the police a statement Friday. She said Malik,trying to force Choudhury to marry him,frequently assaulted her and she had told him a number of times not to visit her house.
Malik had a previous relationship with another model,Shyamli Jain,who formerly lived in the city but now stays in Delhi. She had reportedly been calling up Choudhury frequently for the past two weeks,trying to dissuade her from marrying Malik. The police have called Jain for inquiries.
Malik,originally from Kashmir,has told the police he had been painting a room in Choudhurys house,the odour had irritated her,and she had gone into the kitchen and later hanged herself there.
A courier delivery man had turned up around 6 pm with a letter to Choudhury. Malik knocked on the door and broke it open when there was no response. He told the police he found Choudhury hanging then.
She was initially taken to Siddharth Hospital,where she was declared dead,and the body was then taken to Cooper Hospital for autopsy.