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Devoleena Bhattacharjee of 'Saath Nibhana Saathiya' Fame Held Over Mumbai Bizman's Murder

Devoleena Bhattacharjee, aka Gopi Bahu, was held by Pantnagar police in the mysterious murder of Mumbai businessman Rajeshwar Udani.


Updated:December 9, 2018, 7:14 AM IST
Devoleena Bhattacharjee of 'Saath Nibhana Saathiya' Fame Held Over Mumbai Bizman's Murder
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Devoleena Bhattacharjee, known for her role in popular television show 'Saath Nibhana Saathiya' has been detained in connection with the death of a Mumbai-based diamond merchant.

According to a report in news agency ANI, the actress, aka Gopi Bahu, was held by Pantnagar police in the mysterious murder of businessman Rajeshwar Udani. Bhattacharjee and a politician, Sachin Pawar, were questioned in connection with the case. Pawar was earlier a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The duo was grilled for several hours on Saturday by police in Ghatkopar three days after the missing body of Udani was recovered in the forests of adjoining Raigad district.

However, officials remain tight-lipped over her role in the case but hinted that some more women from the entertainment industry may be summoned for questioning, and did not rule out more arrests in the case.

Udani, 57, had been reported missing by his family from his office from November 28. The police had registered a missing case and launched a search for him. His mobile was tracked in Rabale, Navi Mumbai, before its signal was lost.

After nearly a week, on December 4, since he remained untraced and the family suspected something amiss, police registered a kidnapping case.

His driver told police that Udani asked him to be dropped near the Pant Nagar market where another vehicle came and he got into it.

His highly decomposed body, without any apparent injuries, was found late on December 5 and bereft of any identity paper. He was identified by his son from the clothes and shoes he was wearing.

Investigators suspect Udani's kidnappers may have killed him at some other location before dumping the body in the Panvel forests.

Police investigations and call data records have revealed that Udani was a regular at some bars and in touch with several women, including from the glamour and entertainment industry, through Sachin Pawar, a former aide to a Maharashtra Minister, Prakash Mehta.

Admitting that Pawar was with him from 2004 to 2009, Mehta on Friday evening said since then he had severed all links with him and claimed that he had been sacked from the BJP after he contested a BMC election as an independent.

The motive, as unraveled so far, was some financial dispute between Sachin Pawar and Udani, besides the latter allegedly eyeing a woman friend with 'wrong intentions'.

Sachin Pawar was tracked down to Guwahati, where he had reportedly fled after Udani's murder and he was tracked by mobile records, while Dinesh Pawar was already arrested in another case on Friday.

They are being charged for murer, criminal conspiracy and other offences, said the official.

Police have questioned two dozen persons and are on the lookout for the vehicle which picked up the victim on the night he went missing.

| Edited by: Sumedha Kirti
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