India: Mumbai artist, lawyer murder: A two-year hunt continues even as the trail goes cold

January 2, 2018

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It’s unsual for the Mumbai Police to keep track of residents’ birthdays, but in the case of the daughter of Vidyadhar Rajbhar (28), the Mumbai Police Crime Branch has kept a close watch on her birthday for two consecutive years. Rajbhar, prime accused in the Hema Upadhyaya murder case, has been on the run for two years now.

On December 12, 2015, the bodies of renowned artist Hema Upadhyaya (43) and her lawyer Harish Bhambani (65) were found in a drain in Kandivali, suburban Mumbai. They appeared to have been killed the previous day. Following questioning, Hema’s ex-husband Chintan, who is a celebrated contemporary artist, was arrested along with four others. Rajbhar, a metal fabrication artist, used to take on fabrication jobs for Chintan’s artworks.

Rajbhar, a key accused in the murder case, has been on the run since, first taking a train northward with other accused before alighting mid-way and vanishing. He has managed to evade the Mumbai Police for over two years now.

Mumbai artist, lawyer murder: A two-year hunt continues even as the trail goes cold

https://www.thequint.com/explainers/explainer-all-you-need-to-know-the-hema-upadhyay-haresh-bhambani-murders

https://www.mid-day.com/articles/mamata-kulkarni-drug-case-to-leander-paes-court-battle-major-trials-in-2018/18879182

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