Mumbai, Dec 13: In a sensational case of double murder, a high-profile artist and a lawyer were found dead near a drain in Kandivali in Mumbai, on Saturday, Dec 12.
According to news reports, the 42-year-old woman has been identified as Hema Hirani Upadhyay, who was a well-known photographer and a sculptor, based in Mumbai.
Hema was reportedly fighting a divorce case with her estranged husband Chintan Upadhyay.
Along-with her dead body, a 65-year-old lawyer named Harish Bhambani was also found dead at Morekar wadi-Dhanukarwadi close to the cremation ground behind Thakur International School in suburban. Bodies of the deceased were packed in separate cardboard boxes and were wrapped in a plastic cover.
In 2013, Hema had allegedly filed a case against her husband for making obscene paintings on the walls of her room. Advocate Bhambani had presented her case then.
Mumbai police has questioned Chintan, as a prime suspect. Three more people have been detained, but no arrests have been made yet.
According to police, the duo were strangulated on Wednesday, Dec 9. A senior police official said that the bodies were only covered with their under-garments. Both the bodies were found with their hands and legs tied with ropes inside the boxes, police said.
Bodies have been sent for autopsy for further investigation. On Friday, Dec 11, Hema's servant had filed her missing complaint.
Police has registered a case of murder and destruction of evidence against unknown persons.
Hema, who was from Gujarat and was living in Mumbai since 1998, had won accolades for her art work, nationally as well as globally.