Mumbai Police claim to have found a ring belonging to murdered artist Hema Upadhyay from the truck used to ferry her body and that of lawyer Harish Bhambhani. A car owned by Bhambhani, missing since the murder, has also been recovered.
While police recovered the tempo, owned by arrested accused Vijay Rajbhar, two days ago, it informed a local court about discovery of the jewellery on Saturday.
Driver Vijay, and fellow accused Pradeep Rajbhar and Azad Rajbhar, both worked at the workshop of prime accused Vidyadhar Rajbhar. They were produced before Borivali magistrate court on Saturday afternoon. Magistrate Prasad Kulkarni remanded the trio to police custody until December 22. The police added section 396 of the Indian Penal Code (dacoity with murder) in light of its recovery of the ring. “The police claim the accused killed Upadhyay for the ring,” defence lawyer Sumesh Ambekar said.
Upadhyay’s cousin, Deepak Prasad, claimed that one of her several rings was worth nearly Rs 10 lakh. Additionally, police told the court that it wanted to confront the arrested accused regarding the newly found evidence and establish the sequence of events before, during and after the murders.
Advocate Mayur Vakil, representing the accused, argued against police custody on the grounds that police had not carried out the probe as it said it would over the past four days.
”The police said they wanted to take the accused to Uttar Pradesh to recover certain missing articles. But that hasn’t happened. The accused were not taken anywhere,” he argued.
The police informed the court that Bhambhani’s grey Honda city car had been recovered on Friday. A police official said forensic teams examined the car for any fingerprints and evidence. Upadhyay, a celebrated artist and Bhambhani, representing her in court against estranged husband Chintan Upadhyay, were allegedly murdered by Vidyadhar and his employees last Friday.