Since main accused Vidyadhar Rajbhar in the double murder case of artist Hema Upadhyay and her lawyer Haresh Bhambani still remains at large, the Mumbai crime branch has started tracking down his relatives across the country to nab him.
After taking over the investigations, the crime branch has visited Gujarat, Indore and Chennai, and shall soon go to Jaipur. The investigating team believes that the accused would eventually get involved in metal fabricated idol business in order to support self financially.
A crime branch official said, “We have gone through his history and learnt that since he specialises in idol making, he would get involved in the business to sustain financially. A team was dispatched to Gujarat, where his sister stays, then later another team was sent to Indore, where his brother-in-law lives and then recently a team visited Chennai, where a big exhibition related to idols takes places every year suspecting that Vidyadhar might participate in it.”
Furthermore, a team shall soon be visiting Jaipur, where his uncle, who also is part of the idol making business, lives. “His whole family is in the same business as his father Vanshraj deals in dispatching idols to different locations across the country, while his sister in Gujarat, brother-in-law in Indore and his uncle are also doing something or the other in the same field,” added the officer.
Vidhyadhar has a wife and an eight-month-old daughter, who have gone back to their maternal residence after the murders. “We have checked their CDR’s as well but the accused has never contacted them. The last time we got to trace his location was on February 2, when Vidyadhar had called his brother-in-law to check on the family’s well-being from a different number and a different mobile. During this call, the brother-in-law had asked him to come back and surrender. The relative then approached the Mumbai police and get his location,” said an officer.
A team was then sent to Chennai, but later the police could see that the accused was slowly moving towards Assam and the mobile phone was switched off on February 10. “The team followed his location to Assam, but couldn’t find him,” said an officer.