Model-actor found murdered in Mumbai flat
A model and an actor was found murdered in her ground floor apartment in Andheri West here late on Monday.
Bidushi Dash Barde, 23, a former beauty queen from Chennai, was alone at home through the day and did not answer any of his calls, claimed her husband Kedar Barde.
Kedar, who works for a company in Mumbai's Nariman Point area, later found her blood-spattered body after returning from work.
He said that he found Bidushi's blood-splattered body in the passage between the bathroom and the bedroom. A glass shelf was lying broken near her. Glass shards were found protruding from Bidushi's cheek, jaw, neck and chin. There were also fingernail marks on her face as well as head injuries, he added.
The D N Nagar police initially registered a case of accidental death. But based on the nature of injuries as per Bidushi's post-mortem and the eyewitness account of a resident of the society, Four Bungalows, the police converted the case to that of murder on Tuesday.
Bidushi, who has acted in Tamil films and was currently modelling in Mumbai, had a love marriage with Kedar, a software engineer, three years ago. They had moved into the flat 18 months ago.
The cause of her death is yet to be ascertained. Police said that a chemical analysis of the body is being conducted at the state forensic science laboratory.
Shantanu Dash, Bidushi's father, tolda national daily: "Initially I thought that my daughter had died accidentally. But now I'm certain she was murdered in cold blood. The police have been very supportive. Bidhushi was very happy in Mumbai and was doing well in her career. She did not have fights with anyone."
The Dash family said that Bidushi won the Ms Chennai contest in 2006 and was very happy with Kedar.
The family belongs to Orissa.
Dash said he wouldn't give a clean chit to the security guard as he hadn't bothered to take down the visitor's detailed address or phone number.