The skeletal remains accidentally found by a British geologist at Nerul in Navi Mumbai are believed to be those of the sister of yesteryear actors Sulakshana and Vijeta Pandit and music composers Jatin-Lalit, the police said on Tuesday.
Sandhya Singh, 51, wife of a Customs and Central Excise Commissioner, went missing on December 13, after she left home with a friend to deposit jewels worth more than Rs. 25 lakh in a bank.
“Uma Guar, the friend who dropped her near the bank on December 13, identified the clothes Sandhya had worn that day. Our family also identified her jewellery, the rudraksh she wore. We had to convince the police that the dismembered parts of the body found near the marshland belonged to our sister who was brutally killed. We are sure that the police will take this ahead and find the culprit who did such a gruesome thing to our beautiful sister,” Mr. Lalit told The Hindu .
Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner A.K. Sharma said the police too believed that the remains were those of Sandhya Singh, but they would wait for the DNA report to come in. “Only a skull and a few bones have been found. Most likely, it is true that they are Ms. Singh’s remains as the brothers and sisters have identified her capped tooth and rudraksh. We have sent the remains for DNA testing. The report should be available in three-four days. We will have to wait till we get the report,” he told The Hindu .
Mr. Lalit said the family did not suspect anyone. “It is the police who will be able to solve this mystery. But who will kill someone so brutally and dismember her body for jewellery? It seems like the murder was done on December 13 itself, as she was found wearing the same clothes she wore that day,” he said.
The family members also identified her artificial hair switch. They said Sandhya Singh was fond of jewellery and identified a chain she used to wear.
The family lodged a complaint with the Nerul police on December 15. Her husband had even declared a reward for anyone who would give information on her whereabouts.