The Goregaon police succeeded in keeping model Sahil Malik in their custody until November 8.
He is being questioned in connection with the murder of his girlfriend Rinky alias Priyanshi Choudhury on Saturday. He had earlier been remanded in police custody until November 4, but the police sought further custody in order to get concrete evidence against him.
Meanwhile, the police are also hunting for Shivendu Shekhar, a common friend of Choudhury and Malik who went missing since the day Choudhury was found dead on October 28.
According to sources, Shekhar, who was believed to be in Rajasthan, has switched off his mobile phone since Tuesday. A team that had been sent to Rajasthan to track him down has also been unsuccessful in tracing him. They suspect he has left from Rajasthan.
Though Malik told police that Choudhury had committed suicide, medical reports suggested she had been murdered. Based on the medical evidence, the police arrested Malik.
The police on Wednesday took a detailed statement of Malik’s former girlfriend Shamli Jain, who rubbished all allegations made by Malik.
He had told police that Jain had been harassing Choudhury, telling her not to marry him.
According to the police, Shekhar’s statement in the case could be very important, as he was the only one, except Malik, who had met Choudhury before the incident. However, the police now suspect Shekhar’s involvement in the case as he went missing soon after Choudhury’s death and even after being called for questioning, he switched off his mobile phone and went into hiding.
It also appears that Malik’s real name is Mohamed Salim Malik, which the police found out after checking his passport and his bank pass books.
“He did not reveal his real name to us during the course of interrogations. We will be getting in touch with the Kashmir police to check whether he was born and brought up there. Malik has not been cooperative and still maintains that Choudhary had committed suicide,” said investigating officer, police inspector D Kamble from Goregaon police station.