On May 21, 2019, Dindoshi resident Madhukar Shinde filed a missing person's complaint with them regarding his son Avdhut. Avdhut Shinde and his children Advait and Srushti had left in a rush from the Netherlands without his wife Sharmila, who was later found dead under mysterious circumstances. Sources told mid-day that Avdhut and his family had been residing in a city in the Netherlands for the past four years. However, things went dramatically awry in April 2019
When the kids asked Avdhut Shinde about their mother's whereabouts, he said 'lafda ho gaya hai, mummy next flight se aayegi'. The children followed his instructions and boarded the flight for Mumbai. They reached the city on May 18, 2019. Avdhut then informed his father Madhukar that he has returned to Mumbai He went over to Madhukar's house, handed over his children and their luggage and left for an undisclosed location
The Dindoshi cops issued a Look Out Circular (LoC) against Avdhut Shinde to alert all international airports in the country. Besides this, the cyber team kept a hawk eye on his bank transactions to track his movement and location. Meanwhile, the Shinde family contacted the Netherlands embassy and after mutual coordination, Sharmila Shinde's embalmed body was brought to Mumbai and handed over to the family
After hearing news of her death, Sharmila Shinde's mother Shushila's health deteriorated. Her father had passed away 15 years ago. Sharmila Shinde's funeral was conducted at Vikhroli. Sharmila Shinde's in-laws and children had come for the funeral. It was a sad state of affairs as the children were crying a lot
Avdhut Shinde is a senior executive with a well-known shipping company. Sharmila and Avdhut had been married for over 15 years. They fell in love while working at Maersk in Powai. She was in the human resources department, while he was at a managerial position
The brother of Sharmila Shinde said that the Dutch police told them that she was murdered and her body had been found in a highly decomposed condition inside their flat. Sharmila's sister-in-law Harini Shetty (in picture) told mid-day that there were a few injury marks on her body.
Meanwhile, in Mumbai, the cops have formed various teams and are checking all possible locations Shinde could visit. The teams are looking at ticket-booking counters at state bus depots, railways, airports as well as police surveillance to locate Avdhut. They are also checking the water-route in the coastal areas of Maharashtra and Gujarat
While Avdhut Shinde is still missing after the mysterious death of his wife Sharmila Shinde, grim details have emerged about the trouble in their marriage. Sharmila was supposedly planning on divorcing Avdhut because of his overly suspicious, possessive and abusive behaviour. She had also filed a non-cognisable complaint against him on January 31, 2019 a month after he had left her with bruises during a heated argument
Avdhut Shinde had been allegedly suspicious of Sharmila since the beginning of their relationship. One of Sharmila's former colleagues from Maersk in Mumbai claimed, "Avdhut and Sharmila started dating in 2005. One day, Avdhut saw her with a common friend and got angry. He told Sharmila that if she really loves him, she has to marry him. Hence, she tied the knot with him in court on December 31, 2005. She never cheated on him, but he had been spying on her even before they got married."
Sources told mid-day that Avdhut Shinde was also possessive and insecure about Sharmila. "He had the passwords to her Facebook and e-mail. He had also logged into her WhatsApp on his laptop to spy on the messages she would exchange. He also had heated arguments over financial expenditures with her. Avdhut's core intention was to drain Sharmila's bank account and make her completely dependent on him," alleged the source.
Sharmila Shinde seemed to have had enough of this behaviour. Another neighbour in Pune alleged, "After learning that despite her honesty towards him, he had continued to spy on her, Sharmila once told him that she will divorce him if he does not start trusting her. Upon hearing this, Avdhut flew down to Mumbai from Amsterdam and met her. Avdhut allegedly continued to spy on Sharmila even after his return to the Netherlands. After reaching the Netherlands, he had been planning to call her and kids to live with him. She was never ready to leave from Pune, but she had to because she wanted to improve her marriage
Sharmila Shinde had sensed her husband Avdhut Shinde would kill her in a foreign land, which made her so scared to shift to the Netherlands that she made him sign an affidavit solemnly declaring he won’t harm or kill her, her friends and neighbours told mid-day. Meanwhile, mid-day obtained a call recording where Avdhut can be heard reassuring Sharmila he won’t murder her
Anita Gehasse, detective of the Dutch police unit at The Hague told mid-day, "The neighbours are deeply shocked and horrified following the mysterious death. They have placed bouquets at the entrance to the house where Sharmila lived with her husband and children." When asked if there was any injury mark on her body, Gehasse said, "It is part of our investigation and at this stage we cannot reveal anything that could hamper it. The mystery will be unravelled only after her husband is traced and interrogated."
Sharmila Shinde and the children ended up moving to the Netherlands. She was found dead in the home they shared a week later. While the Mumbai police has not been successful in locating Avdhut Shinde, it has been revealed that Sharmila's decaying body was recovered from the refrigerator of the rented house she resided in with Avdhut and their children. The Dutch police neither confirmed nor denied this
Mumbai crime branch has recorded the statements of Shinde family but no concrete information has come out of those. Avdhut is supposedly extremely religious. Soon after handing over his kids to Madhukar, Avdhut had left for Janubai temple where he spent hours to repent. After that, he has been going to other temples. Avdhut has been making temple runs in Nashik, Solapur, Ganpatipule and Kolhapur and allegedly makes random calls to him from unknown numbers. The police is yet to nab him
While the Mumbai police has not been successful in locating Avdhut Shinde, who has been missing for over a month after the mysterious death of his wife Sharmila, it has been revealed that Sharmila's decaying body was recovered from the refrigerator of the rented house she resided in with Avdhut and their children in the Netherlands. Here are the details of the sordid case
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