Did financial crunch lead to model Bidushi's death?

Bidushi Dash
Mumbai, Oct 26: At a time when Police are still clueless about the death of Mumbai-based model and actor Bidushi Dash Barde, reports suggest that she was facing a massive financial crunch.

Bidushi was facing a lot of problems, including professional frustration and financial crunch, a Mumbai police official said.

Moreover, the 23-year-old model, who was found murdered at her Andheri flat on Monday, Oct 22 by her husband, was reportedly undergoing psychiatric treatment, police added.

Police is also questioning her software engineer husband Kedar Barde, who is under scanner. 

"Kedar had a sudden change in behaviour. The couple had a fight on Sunday over some issue. They were going through a bad phase since long. After leaving for work from home at around 7.30 am on Monday, Kedar sent a few caring text messages to her phone, which he did not do in the past. The first message was sent at 8.15 am," a police official said.

"Kedar had called up his father, who is a lieutenant colonel, in the morning. He then made three calls to Bidushi. As she did not attend the calls, Kedar called up Bidushi's father, who is an Indian Airforce official, saying that she did not attend his calls despite repeated attempts. Perhaps, this was the first time, Kedar telephoned his father-in-law since their love marriage. We want to know why this sudden change," the police official said.

Police took the help of forensic experts, who opined that it was a case of murder, after visiting the scene of the crime. "We are probing four to five angles in the murder case. We have no clinching evidence as of now," the police official said.

Bidushi had received about 70 to 80 phone calls, which she did not attend and the same number of messages on Monday. Several phone calls were made to Bidushi by her father as she was not attending her husband's phone. Some text messages were related to modelling assignments, while others were sent by an agent, seeking Rs 25,000 which the Barde family owed him, the police official said.

"Kedar earns Rs 60,000 a month and they pay about Rs 22,000 on rent. Bidushi had also undergone eyelids surgery and hair transplant. On Monday afternoon, a doctor who has been treating her after her hair transplant had visited in the afternoon but he left the place as there was no response from inside despite knocking the door several times," police official said. The viscera report is still being awaited, police said, adding that there appears to be some nail marks on the victim's neck.

The entire fashion industry is under shock as a former Miss Chennai and model Barde was found dead in her Mumbai apartment.

It was her husband Kedar who first saw the unconscious body of Bidushi in a pool of blood. He then rushed her to a hospital, where she was declared brought dead.

Sources at police say that it was a clear case of murder. They have ruled out robbery as the motive behind the murder as no valuable from the house was missing. Moreover, police also say that the killer is known to the model as there were no signs of forceful entry into her apartment.

Bidushi hailed from Odisha but was brought up in Chennai. According to Bidushi's father, his daughter had also worked in a number of South Indian films.

The postmortem report showed that she was stabbed, following which police registered a murder case. According to police sources, a neighbour told the investigators that she had seen a man at her house for a while on Monday afternoon. Kedar and Bidushi had a love marriage three years ago and they moved to Mumbai one and half years ago. Police collected CCTV footage from the building.

OneIndia News

(With inputs from PTI)

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