Mumbai double murder: Family of 'killer' Rajbhar left to fend for itself

Updated: Dec 11, 2016, 17:52 IST | Samiullah Khan

The wife of Vijay Rajbhar, who is accused of having driven the tempo used to dump bodies of Hema Upadhyay and Harish Bhambhani, found herself thrust into the role of breadwinner a year ago, when her husband was jailed

Vijay Rajbhar’s wife, and their children make hair clips for a living at their home in Kandivli. Pic/Satej Shinde
Vijay Rajbhar’s wife, and their children make hair clips for a living at their home in Kandivli. Pic/Satej Shinde

That Saroj is in dire conditions would be a cruel understatement. The wife of Vijay Rajbhar, who is accused of having driven the tempo used to dump the bodies of Hema Upadhyay and Harish Bhambhani, found herself thrust into the role of the breadwinner a year ago, when her husband was arrested and jailed.

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She has had to fend for her children with a meagre earning of Rs 50 per day from making hair clips. “We had no one to take care of us,” she says at her residence in Gandhi Nagar, Kandivli. “But I’ve managed to keep my children in school.”

She says the court has released the tempo to her, but it needs repairs that will cost Rs 25,000.

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She claims that the day before the bodies were found, alleged co-killer Pradeep Rajbhar called up Vijay and asked him to get his tempo to prime accused Vidyadhar’s workshop nearby to deliver some boxes in Goregaon. “At the workshop, they loaded some boxes into the tempo and he, Pradeep, Azad and Shivkumar (co-accused) set off for Goregaon. En route, Pradeep asked him stop at a drain near Dhanukarwadi in Kandivli to dispose of scrap. While the others threw the boxes into the drain, Vijay stood by the tempo. Later, they delivered the rest of the boxes in Goregaon and Vijay returned home around 2 am.”

Charges drafted
On December 8, special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam submitted draft charges in court. Charges have been framed under sections 302 (murder), 396 (dacoity with murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence), 34 (acts done by several persons) read with 109 and 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.

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