The Kandivli police, investigating the double murder case of artist Hema Upadhyay and her lawyer Haresh Bhambhani have recovered Hema’s ring from the accused, whose police custody has been extended till December 22.
The accused, Azad Rajbhar, Pradip Rajbhar and Vijay Rajbhar, were produced before the Borivli metropolitan court on Saturday. The prosecution told the court the prime suspect is still at large and the police need to continue investigation to trace him.
In the remand application, the police said they had recovered Bhambhani’s car from Kandivli. The 65-year-old lawyer had gone there with Hema, after prime suspect Vidhyadhar, called them. Vidhyadhar allegedly wanted to sell them some evidence against Hema’s ex-husband Chintan.
During the interrogation, police sources said they got leads and had recovered a handkerchief used by the killers to smother the duo. They suspect the handkerchief was dipped in chloroform and are waiting for chemical analysis of the bodies.
A solitaire ring belonging to Hema has also been recovered from one of the accused, who had hidden it at his house. Hema’s cousin told the media a couple of days ago Hema would wear four rings. The police have not yet been able to recover the victims’ mobile phones. An additional team is currently searching for Vidhyadhar in Maharashtra.