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Posted on Jan 31, 10:54AM | UNI
Mumbai, Jan 30 : The remains of 50-year-old Sandhya Singh, sister of former Bollywood actress Vijeta Pandit and composers Jatin and Lalit were found in a marsh at Nerul in Navi Mumbai, police said.
Sandhya had gone missing on December 13. Sandhya's skull and bones were found along with other
articles. The Navi Mumbai police have sent the remains for forensic examination and suspect it could be of Sandhya.
Last Sunday, a team of bird-watchers participating in the Mumbai Bird Race, were scanning the marsh behind Delhi Public School in Nerul, when a British participant spotted a human skull.
'My colleague from British Gas Company, Neil Simons, noticed the skull,' recalled 61-year-old British geologist and bird-watcher Dr Michael Oates.
Dr Oates took pictures of the remains and informed the police on Monday. He said the skull was discovered just when they were ready to call it a day. However, they glanced upon a Cormorant bird a little further away and decided to go in that direction till they stumbled upon the remains.
Later, Sandhya's family went to the marsh to identify the articles found there. The 'mahakal' (religious thread) and dental cap found on the remains indicated that they were of Sandhya, family sources said, the rudraksh uncovered at the site was acquired by Sandhya during a visit to the Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain.
Her brother Lalit is convinced that Sandhya was killed for her jewellery, worth Rs 20 lakh.
The police are scouring the marsh for the rest of the skeleton. They suspect that the killers buried the body in shallow ground and animals pulled it out.
Additional CP Fattehsingh Patil said the remains have been sent for a forensic test. Her husband is a central excise commissioner, posted in Indore.