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Goregaon model was killed: Cops

The post-mortem report of 28-year-old model Rinky aka Priyanshi Chowdhury suggests that she was murdered, said the Goregaon police.

mumbai Updated: Nov 01, 2010 02:28 IST

The post-mortem report of 28-year-old model Rinky aka Priyanshi Chowdhury suggests that she was murdered, said the Goregaon police.

Her former boyfriend Sahil Malik, 28, was arrested on Saturday.

Chowdhury was found hanging from the ceiling fan in the kitchen of her fourth floor residence in Vallabh Society near Oshiwara bus depot.

The medical report of the model not only shows discrepancies in the ligature marks on her neck, but also indicates that Chowdhury had sustained severe head injuries.

When a person commits suicide, the pressure marks are generally found on three sides of the neck, front and the two sides.

However, in Chowdhury’s case the marks have also been found on the back of the neck indicating that she was strangulated.

Further grievous injuries caused by a heavy object were found in a detailed examination of Chowdhury’s skull. “Initially, we could not see the injuries on her head as it was internal,” said D Kamble, investigating officer from Goregaon police station.

“We have conducted post-mortem twice on Chowdhury before being sure of the outcome,” he said.

Kamble said Malik’s version of what happened was not very convincing. He had told the police that he was at her residence painting the bedroom walls on Thursday. As the paint fumes were irritating her, Chowdhury went into the kitchen.

“We asked a medical expert to examine the victim’s residence and that is supporting his statement,” said Kamble.

Chowdhury’s mother Kohinoor Mandal, who stays in Kolkata, had told the police that Chowdhury had no intentions of marrying Malik.

“He was threatening her with dire consequences and was forcing her into marriage,” Mandal told the police in her statement.

She said Malik would frequently assault Chowdhury and subsequently she had asked him not to come to her place.

Malik was arrested under section 302 (murder) of the IPC. He was produced in court on Sunday and was remanded in police custody till November 4.

The police have also called Malik’s former girlfriend, Shamli Jain, who lives in Delhi, for questioning.

The police are trying to locate a common friend of Chowdhury and Malik, Shivendu Shekhar, who had visited the flat of the deceased on the day she died.

“The watchman told us that Shekhar, who stays in Malik’s building, used to visit Chowdhury.

On Thursday, Shekhar had visited her flat while Malik was there. We are trying to track him down for questioning,” said Kamble.