Compère’s death: Mumbai family wants five, including boyfriend, charged with attempt to rape
25-year-old Arpita Tiwari’s family believes her death was the result of an untoward incident, and that it was not a suicide or accidentUpdated: Dec 15, 2017 10:10 IST
Allegations continue to crop up in connection with the suspicious death of compère Arpita Tiwari — her family has now demanded that an attempt to rape charge be added to the FIR filed by the police.
Tiwari was found dead in a Malwani housing society hours after she and her boyfriend arrived at a friend’s flat there early on Monday. Her boyfriend Pankaj Jadhav and his friend found the body in the second floor duct between two building wings around 7.30 am.
Tiwari’s sister Shweta said the family believes her death was the result of an untoward incident. “Since the start, we have maintained that this is neither a case of suicide nor an accident. The cops are playing it safe by saying they are investigating all angles,” she said.
Shweta said her father, Triveni Tiwari, has identified five people who were in the flat at the time of his daughter’s death. “Why did the police register a case against unidentified people when we specifically named the suspects,” Shweta asked.
Of the five people, one is her boyfriend Jadhav, who the police questioned for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday. Of the others, three are tenants and one is a servant. They have also been questioned.
Shweta said her sister and Jadhav went to another place before they arrived at Manavsthal Heights, a 19-storey high-rise, around 3am on Monday. “They went to two places, and she paid the bills at both places. She would always take care of their finances. Jadhav had started becoming possessive of her when she began scaling new heights in her career,” Shweta said.
Police are yet to ascertain the sequence of events that led to the death of the 25-year-old compère. Jadhav has told the police that the group went to sleep around 4am. At 7am, one of them found the bathroom door locked and assumed Tiwari was inside. He knocked at the door 30 minutes later, and when he did not get a response, he and Jadhav opened the door using a key. They found the bathroom window open. The building manager has told the police that the two men came down and searched for Tiwari between 7.30am and 8am. Officials said Tiwari was wearing shorts and a top when her body was found.
The police have questioned 12 people so far and checked for CCTV footage of the building’s C-wing, where Tiwari and Jadhav’s friends live. However, the camera was not working there.
Tiwari had suffered severe injuries on her head, hands, shoulders, hips and legs, the police said.
The family said they had learnt recently that Tiwari’s relationship with Jadhav was not as fine as they believed it to be. The two had been dating for five years, and she had wanted to get married for the past two years, but Jadhav had kept her waiting.
“We have registered a complaint based on the father’s suspicion. We are investigating all angles, but it is too early to come to a conclusion. This is a rare case,” said an officer from Malwani police station, who did not wish to be identified.
First Published: Dec 15, 2017 00:04 IST