Anuradha Bali, or Fiza, the estranged second wife of former Haryana deputy CM Chander Mohan, was found dead at her home in Mohali on Monday.
The body was highly decomposed, swollen and was lying in the bedroom. Police suspect she died four to five days ago. Police said the blood on the floor and bed could be because of the blood vessels bursting.
Fiza, 41, married Chander Mohan, son of Haryana politician Bhajan Lal, in 2008. Before the marriage, the minister disappeared suddenly and resurfaced with Fiza by her side. The two had converted to Islam.
The marriage lasted barely 40 days and created such a furore that Chander Mohan was forced to resign.
According to neighbours, Anuradha Bali alias Fiza Mohammad seemed to be depressed for the past few months, especially after her mother passed away. HT/Files
The cause of Fiza's death remains a mystery – no suicide note was found and neither did the postmortem report reveal any external injury. "This rules out any struggle before her death. The viscera will be sent for chemical examination," a police source said.
Darshan Singh Mann, DSP (city), said the body was "infested with maggots".
Fiza's legs were folded and one arm was dangling from the bed. The police found a bottle of liquor, glasses, cigarettes and a mouth freshener. Newspapers of several days had not been collected. Fiza, a former assistant advocate general of Haryana, had attempted suicide in 2009 after her separation from Chander Mohan.She lived alone.
After her separation, she tried to get a toehold in the glamour world, appearing as a contestant in the reality show Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachao. Fiza's first marriage was to a Mohali businessman and lasted a year.
(With inputs from PTI)
A recap of the controversial Fiza-Chand love affair
Fiza Mohammad and former Haryana deputy chief minister Chander Mohan address media. HT/Files
December 16, 2008: Lovebirds Chand, Fiza send media in a tizzy
A fair amount of PDA - public display of affection - and lots of heated exchanges of words. Read more
January 29, 2009: Fiza attempts suicide as Chander Mohan 'disappears'
A day after creating a stir by claiming that her husband and former Haryana deputy chief minister Chander Mohan had been kidnapped, his second wife Fiza allegedly attempted suicide at her residence near Chandigarh. Read more
January 31, 2009: Chand-Fiza marriage on rocks? Fiza says husband pressurised
Fiza, wife of former Haryana deputy chief minister Chand Mohammad, was and then released for allegedly attempting to kill herself. Read more
February 03, 2009: Chand emotionally blackmailed me: Fiza
The Fiza-Chand love story came a full circle when Fiza realised that Chand Mohammad (Chander Mohan) has left her forever and accused the former Haryana deputy chief minister of emotional blackmail. Read more
February 16, 2009: Chand-Fiza romance ends in court scene
The Chand Mohammad-Fiza romance took an uglier turn, with Fiza, after failing to get any response from Chand to her ultimatums, lodged a complaint with the SAS Nagar (Mohali) Police. Fiza brought charges of rape, defamation and cheating against the former Haryana deputy chief minister. Read more
March 14, 2009: Chand says 'talaq' to Fiza over phone
After oscillating between affection, affectation, anticipation and abhorrence under the media glare, the country’s most controversial love story came to an abrupt and unhappy end when Chander Mohan legally “divorced” his second wife Anuradha Bali. Read more
June 03, 2009: I have snapped all ties with Fiza: Chand
Estranged husband of Anuradha Bali aka Fiza and former Haryana deputy chief minister Chander Mohan alias Chand Mohammad said he had divorced her and snapped all ties with her. Read more
July 28, 2009: Chand Mohammad back to being Chander Mohan
Former Haryana deputy chief minister Chand Mohammad, alias Chander Mohan, said he had great respect for Islam but was “returning to Bishnoi faith for his mother’s sake”.
(With inputs from PTI & IANS)