THE WOMAN, whose body packed into two bags was found dumped in a community garden at Patel Nagar on Saturday, has been identified as Bhumi alias Richa (22) who had been married just six months ago.
Her husband and mother-in-law are said to be missing leading to the suspicion of their involvement in the crime. Other members of the girl’s family, including father-in-law, were questioned by the Juni Indore police today.
Police received information at 7.30 pm on Saturday of two bloodstained polythene bags lying in the garden at Patel Nagar. The bags yielded the naked body bearing numerous stab wounds and cut into two pieces.
The police later found an eyewitness, Mannu Pamnani, who was sitting outside a nearby temple and saw a woman on a moped throwing the bags in the garden. Pamnani said he saw the woman slip along with her vehicle on the slippery walking track, but by the time he could rush to her aid she sped off.
Later in a twist to the heinous crime tale, Jamnadas Virchandani of 40, Sarvodaya Nagar, his son Vishal and daughter came to the police station at about 1 am. Virchandani wanted to lodge a missing person report on the disappearance of three of his family members - wife Dhanwantri, son Manoj and daughter-in-law Bhumi.
Sensing a connection to the previous incident, police went to his house, which was locked from outside. After breaking open the door they found the photographs of the missing persons and learnt that the daughter-in-law was the one whose body they had recovered hours earlier.
Bhumi hailed from Udaipur and had been married in April 2006 at the recommendation of her distant uncle, Hanish Sheth, who is a major bullion trader in the City. It is learnt that several lakhs had been spent by Bhumi’s family on the wedding, and yet she did not look happy to neighbours and others.
She had even complained to her mother about her condition. Police found the house clean with no signs that a murder could have been committed there though it is suspected that the body was washed to stop blood flow. Police recovered a scooterette (Activa) parked in the garage and the description of the vehicle matched the eyewitness’ account.
The needle of suspicion has thus turned on the in-laws and the police are leaving no stone unturned in investigations. With all angles being probed it is being considered the murder could have been committed by the in-laws or by a third party/person as suggested by the disappearance of the other family members.
If the husband and mother-in-law committed the murder, the motive could have been anything from extramarital affair (finding of the body in a naked state) to dowry (involvement of a woman riding a ‘scooty’). The brutality with which the
murder was committed indicates that it was handiwork of a professional or someone in frenzy.
Currently there are several loose ends to the story being deducted by the police and narrated by the in-laws. More clues would be received after the forensic reports on fingerprints on gunny sack, tyre marks of Activa and post mortem report on the cause of death and time of death are received.