Published On: Sun, Dec 13th, 2015

Bodies of Mumbai Artist and her lawyer found in drain, police probe on

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Mumbai: The Mumbai police’s crime branch is investigating the double murder of artist Hema Upadhyay and her lawyer after the duo were found in drain in Kandivali on Saturday evening.

Investigators said that the bodies were found on Saturday evening stuffed in cardboard boxes, and that it seemed both of them were strangulated to death but none have any external injury marks on their bodies. “The bodies were tied and packed, sewed in a box. The bodies have been sent for an autopsy,” said deputy commissioner of police Dhananjay Kulkarni.

Upadhyay’s body was found with her hands tied, and both the bodies were stripped to their undergarments, sources added.

Sources also said the bodies were not in a decomposed state and that it was possible they were murdered two days ago. The Mumbai Police also questioned Hema’s estranged husband Chintan Upadhyay and her servants.

The 65-year-old lawyer had represented Hema, 43, in a harassment case that she had filed in 2013 against Chintan. The two were reported missing since Friday.

In her complaint, she had accused him of painting obscene sketches on the walls of her room in their Mumbai apartment.

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