Shikha Joshi suicide: Cops speak to flat owner again
Two days after actor Shikha Joshi was found dead, the police on Tuesday recorded the second statement of the flat owner, Madhu Bharti.
Bharti had earlier claimed Joshi was alone in the Mhada Colony flat at Lokhandwala at the time of the incident. But during the investigation, the police learned that Bharti and some others were present in the flat, when Joshi was found with her throat slit. While Bharti questioned Joshi about the reason behind the extreme step, another woman recorded it on her phone. “The mobile phone of the other woman has been seized,” said an officer.
Investigators have learnt that those present in the flat wasted more than 30 minutes, after they found Joshi lying in a pool of blood. Bharti allegedly waited for her husband, who was in Malad, and another friend to reach the flat to take Joshi to the hospital.
The police have sent the mobile phone and finger prints found in the flat for chemical analysis. The police will match the voice recording in the clip with her original one, obtained from the TV serials she has acted in. The police are also checking the call data records of Bharti and others who were present in the flat.
Joshi’s brother has blamed Bharti and a doctor for ruining her life. The police also plan to record the statement of the doctor, whom she had accused of molestation in 2011.
Chandigarh Chandigarh administrator Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday gave in-principle approval for a synthetic running track at Sukhna Lake. UT adviser Dharam Pal, said, “The Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee had earlier given its go-ahead for the proposal. Next, the detailed plan and cost estimates will be prepared; and then, tenders will be floated for the project.” A UT official said the proposed track is part of the administration's efforts to give Sukhna Lake a major facelift.
The National Highway Authority of India has approved two over-bridges, which are likely to reduce travel time between Kalka and Zirakpur and alleviate traffic jams on the stretch by next year. NHAI has already floated tenders for the 60-m wide over-bridges, which will be constructed at a cost of ₹50 crore. It has invited bids for the “construction and site improvement of the four-lane national highway (NH-22) on the Zirakpur-Parwanoo junction.”
Fifteen students had a narrow escape after their school bus skidded into a waterlogged open drain in Daulat Singhwala village in Phabat area of Zirakpur. The bus, which was ferrying students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, was making way for another school bus when it skidded into the overflowing drain. The bus tilted in the drain, but passersby and parents were able to rescue the children through the driver's window.
Tricity residents woke up to heavy rainfall for the second time this month on Wednesday. Three people went missing after a taxi, shuttling two commuters, was swept away in a flashflood in the Patiala-Ki-Rao rivulet as the driver attempted to cross the causeway in Tanda Village near Nayagaon. The owner of the vehicle, Rakesh Kumar told the police that Gaurav had called him saying two people, travelling to Baddi, had booked his cab.
Chandigarh received 97mm rainfall between 6am and 8.30am, the heaviest rain in July since 2017, as per the India Meteorological Department. It received another 0.9mm of rainfall during the day. The maximum precipitation till 8.30am was recorded at the Sector 39 observatory (97mm), 49.2mm rain was recorded at the airport observatory, 77.5mm rain in Panchkula and 74.5 mm rain in Mohali.