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Common friend, accused’s ex-lover could hold key

mumbai Updated: Nov 02, 2010 01:50 IST
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In a new twist to the murder case of 28-year-old model Rinky Chowdhury, the police have asked Delhi-based model Shamli Jain alias Princy to be present in Mumbai for questioning. Chowdhury was found dead in her Oshiwara flat last week and her boyfriend Sahil Malik, also a model, is the prime suspect in the case.

According to the Goregaon police, Shivendu Shekhar, a common friend of Chowdhury and Malik could turn out to be the prime witness as he is the only one except Malik who had met the victim before her death.

The watchman of Vallabh Apartments in Goregaon, where Chowdhury stayed, told the police that Shekhar used to frequently visit Chowdhury’s house and he was also well acquainted with Malik.

“On Thursday, Shekhar reached Chowdhury’s flat around 3.15 pm and left by 3.45 pm. It appears that there was some fight between the couple and Shekhar was called to sort it out,” said D Kamble, police inspector from Goregaon police station, who is investigating

the case.

The police have tracked down Shekhar, who has been missing since Thursday, to Rajasthan. “His friends told us that he had gone there for work. It is only after we question him that we will know the reason behind his disappearance since the day of the murder. We have convinced him to come to the police station and he is expected to here by Tuesday,” added Kamble.

Malik’s former girlfriend, Jain, who had been constantly harassing Chowdhury by calling her and sending SMSes warning her against marrying Malik, has also been called for questioning.

“The medical reports and the spot examination reveal that there was no evidence to prove that Chowdhury had committed suicide. The ceiling from which she hanged herself with the help of a nylon rope was intact. There was damage to the fan, which can’t be the case. Also the ligature marks on all four sides of the neck and internal head injuries clearly indicate that Chowdhury was murdered,” said Kamble.