Kritika Chaudhary's suspicious death: What we know so far
The body of a struggling model and actress, Kritika Chaudhary, was recovered from her Andheri residence in Mumbai. Her body was found by Mumbai Police. The police then started an investigation into the death, which was registered as an accidental one. All pics/Facebook
The body of Kritika, who had acted in the 2013 Kangana Ranaut-starrer 'Rajjo', was discovered by the cops after a neighbour alerted them about the foul smell emanating from her apartment. The cops discovered her decomposed body after the door was broken down
The Amboli police and Unit 9 of the crime branch have launched a parallel investigation into the case. Police sources said that a murder angle is also being investigated. "There was a wound on her head," the police said. The body was sent for autopsy
The Amboli police have found out that she was hit on the head with a knuckle duster, which caused her death. The police have detained one person, who is the prime suspect. A source said, "She was found on the bed in a semi-nude state, but her post-mortem report suggests she was not sexually assaulted. The police also recovered the knuckle duster."
According to an official, Kritika's family members, friends and her acquaintances were being questioned. "Police have received the post-mortem report some time back and after going through it, we have filed an offence of murder," Paramjeet Dahiya, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone-IX) said.
According to another officer, the autopsy report attributed the serious head injury as the cause of her death. "Initially, the Amboli police had registered a case of accidental death in this connection. Now, an offence of murder against an unidentified person has been registered and the probe is on," the officer added.
A travel agent by profession, Deepak further said, "Kritika had married Vijay Dwivedi in 2011; she divorced him more than four years ago. Her husband had claimed to be the son of a prominent politician, but when we checked his background, it turned out to be a lie."
A native of Haridwar, Kritika came to Mumbai in 2011. She got her big break in 2011 on the TV show 'Parichay - Nayee Zindagi Ke Sapno Ka'.
Mother and brother of Rajjo actress Kritika Chaudhary reached Mumbai on Wednesday from Haridwar and performed her last rites at the Vile Parle crematorium, even as the police said they are coming closer to identifying her killer, continuing to grill the "prime suspect" detained in the case.
Speaking to mid-day, her younger brother Deepak said, "I had been trying to call her for the past several days but couldn't get through. I had spoken to her last on the morning of June 7; she'd sounded cheerful, as she had been celebrating her birthday week. She'd even told me that she wanted to try her hand at direction and had got a chance to be an assistant director of a TV serial."
Six months before actress Kritika Chaudhary was found dead in her Andheri apartment, she had a telephone conversation with her ex-husband, Vijay Dwivedi. This phone call is what put him on the cops' radar, with the Amboli police questioning him late into Friday (June 23) night. Sources said that Vijay had told her that he wanted to get back together with her, but she had refused. Investigations revealed that Kritika and Vijay married in 2011, the same year she shifted to Mumbai to try her luck in Bollywood. But a year later, Vijay was arrested by the Mumbai Crime Branch for allegedly using the name of a senior politician to dupe several people.
The police recorded the statement of the watchman, from the building in which actress-model Kritika Chaudhary was found murdered. He claimed in his statement, that Kritika Chaudhary entered the housing society's premises accompanied by two men at 2:00 am on June 8, the last time she was seen alive. Cops are of the belief that based on the watchman's statement, there may have been no forced entry. Police are currently trying to ascertain the identity of the two men
A day after deceased actress Kritika Chaudhary's ex-husband was questioned over her murder, the Amboli police arrested him in an entirely different case — on charges of cheating a film producer of Rs 55 lakh. The cops will also continue to interrogate him in connection with the murder of Kritika, whose body was found in her Andheri residence on June 12. Apparently, after his dreams of foraying into Bollywood were quashed, Dwivedi used unscrupulous ways to con various members of the film fraternity, including television actions and producers. In 2016, he conned actress Shweta Tiwari, actor Govinda and producer Ekta Kapoor too, introducing himself as Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi's son.
After over 20 days of investigation with still no concrete lead in the murder case of actress Kritika Chaudhary, who was found at her Andheri home three days after her death, the police has now zeroed in on about six suspicious numbers that she was frequently in touch with. Sources said, "The numbers were found while scanning the data of Kritika’s call records. It has been learned that the numbers belong to Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Delhi residents. It is of interest because she had been living in Mumbai for almost five years and did not frequently travel out of the city. We are verifying the reasons she was in contact with the owners of these numbers."
The police have arrested two men accused of killing Kritika Choudhary. As per reports, it is believed that the two men visited Kritika’s house to collect the Rs 6000 she owed them. When they found that she didn’t have the money, one of the men hit her with a knuckle duster, killing her. They then turned up the air conditioning to prevent the smell from Kritika’s decomposing body spreading. While the arrested men say that it was the money she owed them after she bought drugs from them, her family says that it was too small an amount and there mystve been some other reason for her murder.