The Sandhya Singh case took another twist on Monday afternoon, when her relatives claimed that a local policeman had been in touch with her before she went missing and he should hence be investigated.
The police, however, said assistant police inspector Anil Behrani of the NRI police station had no role in Sandhya Singh’s disappearance. Behrani, too, has denied he was in touch with the victim.
Sandhya Singh’s brother Lalit Pandit and her husband Jaiprakash addressed a press conference at NRI colony, where they made the demand.
“Following the incident of theft on November 25 in our house, assistant police inspector Anil Behrani, who was the investigating officer, would visit our house regularly,” Jaiprakash said.
Behrani would ask his son “strange questions”, Jaiprakash said. “He would ask my son if I had an affair with someone or if I knew how much jewellery his mother had.”
Behrani would also call up his wife late in the night and talk to her for nearly 30-40 minutes, and even called her on December 12, a day before she went missing, he claimed.
“There are mobile phone records to prove this.” Jaiprakash said.
Music director Lalit Pandit, brother of Sandhya, said there was a pattern to the conversations between the three.
“Uma told us that Sandhya had initially planned to go to the bank on December 11. On December 10, there was a lot of interaction between Sandhya, Behrani and Uma. However, Uma did not come on December 11.”
He added, “Again, on December 12 the three spoke to each other, and on December 13 Sandhya went over to Uma and then later went missing.”
The police however deny Behrani’s involvement. Deputy commissioner of police, Purushottam Karad, said, “It was not Behrani, but Sandhya, who used to call him up.”
“We have interrogated Behrani thoroughly and he has no role in this case.”
However, Jaiprakash now says the case is “beyond” the Navi Mumbai police, as they may not be able to investigate their own personnel. “The case should be handed over to Mumbai crime branch. I will meet the DGP soon on the issue.”