Update December 15, 2015

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Hema Upadhyay murder case: Two suspects arrested in Varanasi

Sumel Sarker

Hema Upadhyay

Hema Upadhyay murder case: Two suspects arrested in Varanasi

15 December 2015, Nirapad News: A Special Task Force (STF) team on Monday arrested two suspects in Varanasi in connection with the double murder of eminent painter Hema Upadhyay and her lawyer Haresh Bhambani. Talking to Hindustan Times, senior superintendent of police, STF, Amit Pathak said personal belongings of the deceased, including their ATM cards, identity cards and other articles, were recovered from the suspects. Refusing to disclose the identity of those arrested, Pathak said the duo were currently being interrogated. According to Pathak, the two assisted the main culprit in the murder and disposal of Upadhyay and Bhambhani’s bodies. “Both the accused were employed as fabrication artists in Mumbai. We will reveal further details about their involvement after interrogation is complete,” Pathak said. Sources said a Mumbai police team arrived in Varanasi, and along with UPSTF sleuths, managed to nab the suspects using electronic surveillance systems in Varanasi. The Mumbai police had earlier tipped off their counterparts in Uttar Pradesh about the duo who fled to Varanasi after the murders. On Sunday, the bodies of the Upadhyay and Bhambhani were discovered when a man called up the police to inform that he saw a leg protruding from a cardboard box in a drain opposite a crematorium in the Dhanukar Wadi area of Kandivali (West).Officers investigating the case refused to assign a motive behind the murder but acknowledged a deep-rooted conspiracy. Some suspects have been detained, though police declined to give details. The needle of suspicion also pointed towards the owner of a warehouse where the painter and installation artist reportedly stored her artwork. Some reports suggested Hema and the godown owner had a dispute over money, but police said it was too early to draw a conclusion,

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