POLICE ARE now convinced that there was no ‘fifth’ person involved in the Bhumi murder case. Earlier, Bhumi’s 13-year-old sister-in-law Heena had said she had seen another person in the room along with her mother and brother (Manoj).
Now she says she had lied as one of her relatives had said that if she told police about the presence of an ‘unidentified’ person, her mother and brother would go scot-free.
According to police sources, soon after the murder when police were hunting for Bhumi’s mother-in-law Dhanwantari and husband Manoj in this connection, they had also questioned Heena.
She said she had seen in the room along with Dhanwantari and Manoj, another person whom she could not identify. This led to rounds of questioning of the accused by the police regarding the identity of the fifth person.
However, when they drew a blank, they once again questioned Heena. This time she told police that only her mother Dhanwantari and brother Manoj were present, and also explained why she had cooked up the story.
To be doubly sure, police have also video-graphed her version, since apart from those accused, she is the only eyewitness. From what she told the police, after seeing her mother and brother and the blood-stained body of Bhumi lying in the room, she had fled from the scene.
Meanwhile, IG Shailendra Shrivastava has received an anonymous letter hinting at some ‘unnatural relations between family members’, which Bhumi had cosme to know and this had led to the murder. Police sources, however, said they were not taking the contents of the letter seriously.
Four accused in court
THE FOUR accused in the Bhumi murder case Dhanwantari, Manoj, Jamnadas and Vishal were produced in court on Monday and their police remand was extended by two more days by the court.