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Bhosle suicide: Police yet to get ballistic report

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, November 14, 2012
First Published: 13:07 IST(14/11/2012) | Last Updated: 13:21 IST(14/11/2012)

It has been over a month after Varsha Bhosle, 56, daughter of singer Asha Bhosle, shot herself at her Pedder Road residence, but police are still waiting for the weapon’s ballistic report from the forensic laboratory.

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The deceased had used a 0.6mm Belgium-make pistol, which was allegedly lost by her mother around 30 years ago. The ballistic report would play a vital role in the case, police said.

The Gamdevi police, who registered a case of accidental death following Varsha’s suicide, said that the report would help reveal if the weapon used by her was the one that was suspected to be missing. After the weapon was lost, the commissioner’s office of Mumbai police was informed about the same, following which, the gun license, in the name of Asha Bhosle, was revoked. The ballistic report would also help reveal if anyone had serviced the weapon since it was reported missing. Following the incident, the investigators were taking legal opinion if there was a scope of registering a case of negligence against the owner.

Pradip Lonandkar, senior inspector of the Gamdevi police, said, "We are yet to get the ballistic report. We have already sent a letter to the forensic laboratory asking to expedite the analysis.”

The officials stated that they were expecting the forensic report to come within a month after Varsha was found dead at her house on October 8. Varsha was suffering from depression and was being treated by doctors at Pune and Mumbai. She had earlier attempted suicide twice in 1998 and again in 2008.

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