Suicide: Police to question legendary singers Lata, Asha

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Mumbai, Oct 10: As several questions remained unanswered in regard to the mysterious death of Varsha Bhosle, daughter of playback singer Asha Bhosle, police are all set to investigate the case thoroughly. Sources at Mumbai Police said that they are going to question legendary singers Lata Mangeshkar (Varsha's aunt) and Asha Bhosle.

Varsha committed suicide in the wee hours of Monday, Oct 8. 56-year-old Varsha, singer, columnist and freelance writer, shot herself at their residence Prabhu Kunj on posh Pedder Road in South Mumbai while her family members were in Singapore attending the closing ceremony of the Marathi International Film and Theatre Awards (MIFTA).

A police official said they had recorded statements of Asha's sister Usha Mangeshkar, maid Dipali Mane and driver Vijay.

"Close family members have not been questioned yet since they are still in a state of shock," the police official said. The officer said police would soon record the statements of Asha, her elder sister and legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar and Varsha's former husband Hemant Kenkre. Police officials, however, said the Belgian pistol, with which Varsha allegedly killed herself, was registered in the name of Anand, Asha's youngest son and it was kept safely in the house.

Varsha was suffering from depression and was under psychiatric treatment for the same. Varsha allegedly had tried to end her life thrice since her divorce from her sports-columnist husband in 1998.

Varsha's viscera sample has been sent for test. Police sources said the woman's post-mortem report confirmed she died of haemorrhagic shock due to bullet injuries. Three loaded cartridges were found in the pistol.

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