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Police probing if accused had any accomplices

Rupal Gandhi, 44, who has been arrested by the Gamdevi police for giving a contract to a domestic help to kill her sister-in-law and mother-in-law following a property dispute has been remanded to police custody till November 20.

mumbai Updated: Nov 18, 2010 02:03 IST
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Rupal Gandhi, 44, who has been arrested by the Gamdevi police for giving a contract to a domestic help to kill her sister-in-law and mother-in-law following a property dispute has been remanded to police custody till November 20.

According to Sanjay Diwadkar, senior police inspector from the Gamdevi police station, Rupal, who had been arrested on Tuesday night on charges of conspiring to kill was produced before the magistrate court on Wednesday and remanded to police custody.

She was arrested after Ramchandra Gomane, 23, confessed to killing Ila Gandhi on Rupal's instructions.

"We are investigating if she had conspired the crime alone or had accomplices. We are also verifying the documents related to the property of which Rupal was apparently the nominee," said Diwadkar.

The bodies of Ila Gandhi, 62, and her mother Champa Gandhi, 87, were discovered by Rupal's husband, Deepak, on Sunday night when he went to check up on the two women, who stayed alone in their flat at Sunita Apartments on Peddar Road.

Both were rushed to the Breach Candy Hospital, where Ila was declared dead on arrival and Champa, who had suffered head injuries, is still undergoing treatment in the ICU ward.

The police have sent the medicines that Rupal used to give her mother-in-law for forensic tests to find out what were they given for. "We have sent the medicines for forensic tests to Kalina," added Diwadkar.

The police officers probing the case said investigations revealed that Gomane, Deepak's servant, was arrested and during his interrogation, he broke down and confessed to having killed Ila at the behest of Rupal, who had promised to waive off an amount of Rs 23,000, which he owed her.

She also promised to pay him an additional Rs 5,000 if he agreed to kill Ila and Champa.

"It seems that Rupal was a nominee of the 2BHK flat at Kemps Corner, where Ila and Champa resided and she had conspired to have the two women killed so as to acquire the property," said Diwadkar.