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Police recreate crime scene to get more evidence

Rahul Mahajani, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, February 19, 2013
First Published: 01:20 IST(19/2/2013) | Last Updated: 01:21 IST(19/2/2013)

A special team from the Mumbai police crime branch recreated the crime scene on Monday to ascertain how Sandhya Singh, 50, sister of musicians Jatin-Lalit and former actors Sulakshana and Vijeta Pandit, was killed.

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Singh, a resident of NRI Colony, Nerul, Navi Mumbai, went missing with jewellery worth Rs20 lakh on December 13, 2012. Her remains were found near a creek in Vashi in the last week on January.

The officials and team of forensic experts visited the site from where Singh had allegedly gone missing, hoping to get some vital evidence, which may have been left behind.

Sources in the crime branch said the team carried out a detailed inspection of the site as well as traced the route Singh had taken to go to the bank where she was supposed to deposit her jewellery.

“The forensic team was also taken to the site where her skeletal remains were found in order to look for anything which could have been left behind, including her bones, clothes or anything that could work as evidence in the case,” sources said.

The crime branch has applied IPC sections 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder) and 397 (robbery or dacoity with attempt to cause death) to the case.

The case, which was earlier being investigated by the Navi Mumbai police, was transferred to the Mumbai police crime branch last week.

Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police (Crime) and Niket Kaushik, additional commissioner of police (Crime), have formed a team of officials and staff of the Unit 6 of the crime branch and property cell to investigate the case.

Sources said the team was going through the statements recorded by the Navi Mumbai police and were likely to question a few witnesses and suspect in the next few days.


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