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Who killed Jatin-Lalit's sister? Lalit speaks up

Subhash K. Jha, Bollywood Hungama   February 04, 2013
First Published: 13:26 IST(4/2/2013) | Last Updated: 13:47 IST(4/2/2013)

The Pandit family, siblings Jatin, Lalit, Sulakshana and Vijeta Pandit, are currently going through a period of monstrous churning. The heinous murder of the family's eldest sister Sandhya has changed the family's life forever.

"We spent the entire day at the Crime Branch. Now that we know our sister has been so brutally murdered we want a decent closure of her case. We want to know who killed her," says the murdered woman's brother Lalit who has been quoted by "police sources" as laying the blame on the slain woman's son.

Lalit completely denies ever holding anyone culpable. "I was shocked to read police sources claim that I had blamed my sister's son Raghuvir. After reading the report I spoke to the police at the Nerul police station. He told me that no such statement had been issued by anyone in the police department. It'd be the height of irresponsibility on my part to blame my nephew."

At the same time Lalit admits that the deceased woman's son was problem child, "It's a fact that he's wayward and a bum. Sandhya was upset with her son and they shared a very stormy relationship. Raghuvir is definitely a shady character. But that doesn't mean he must have killed his mother. Raghuvir was questioned and so were several of his friends. We were at his interrogation till late in the night on Saturday evening. DCP Prashant and DCP Karad informed us that these people (Raghuvir and his friends) are petty thieves. But the cops are not able to link my sister's murder to these people."

Apparently, the police have formed a special team to investigate the murder. Says Lalit, "Intense interrogations are on by different Crime Branch teams. They are even questioning Sandhya's family from her husband's side. Until now nothing has come out."

Lalit's elder sister, former singer Sulakshana Pandit, has not been informed about the gruesome crime. Says the protective sibling, "We'll break it to her gently after the case is solved. She is not well. We don't know if she'd be able to take the shock. December 25 was Sandhya's birthday. Sulakshna Didi wanted to wish her as usual. We somehow convinced her Sandhya is in a no-network area."

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