Mumbai double murder: Artist Hema Upadhyay’s estranged husband Chintan arrested

The city police investigating the double murder case of artist Hema Upadhyay and lawyer Harish Bhambhani on Tuesday arrested her estranged husband Chintan Upadhyay.


Artist Chintan Upadhyay was brought to Kandivali police station late on Monday night, following which he was arrested.

So far, police have arrested four persons in the case namely Azad Rajbhar, Pradeep Rajbhar, Vijay Rajbhar and Shivkumar Rajbhar alias Sadhu and booked them for murder and causing disappearance of evidence. Except Sadhu, who was nabbed from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, the remaining three were picked up from Kandivali on Sunday.

Three of the accused — Azad, Pradeep and Vijay — were placed under arrest on last week after being booked under IPC sections 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention).

Bodies of noted installation artist Hema (43) and her lawyer Harish Bhambhani wrapped in plastic and packed in separate cardboard boxes were found dumped in a drain in suburban Kandivali on December 12.

Hema, a Baroda-born installation artist, was locked in bitter divorce proceedings with Chintan, a contemporary artist. She had in 2013 filed a case against him alleging that he painted obscene pictures of women on the walls of their matrimonial home in Mumbai to harass her. 65-year-old Bhambhani had represented Hema in this case.