Chintan Alleges ‘Third-Degree Torture’


Mumbai: Even though artist Chintan Upadhyay, an accused in the murder of his wife Hema and her lawyer Haresh Bhambani, alleged he was subjected to “third-degree torture”, the reports of his medical examination at the state-run  JJ Hospital on Wednesday showed his condition was “normal”.

Upadhyay, 43, has been kept in the custody of the Kandivli police since his arrest on December 22. Based on the orders issued by a local court, two policemen in plain clothes took Upadhyay for medical examination to JJ hospital around 1.35pm. After the tests, he was escorted back to the Kandivli police station around 6pm. “We conducted forensics, surgery, medicine and psychiatric tests on Upadhyay. The medical reports are normal,” said Dr T Lahane, dean, JJ Hospital.

Meanwhile, according to sources, key accused Vidhyadhar Rajbhar, has been moving and his location was traced last week, but the police haven’t revealed it.

A local court had on Tuesday ordered, “Civil surgeon, Mumbai is requested to examine thoroughly Chintan Vidhyasagar Upadhyay  in light of allegations of third degree torture, hyper-acidity and spinal pain and submit confidential report as soon as possible.”

The reports will be submitted to the court. “Upadhyay won’t be kept at the hospital as his doctors haven’t specified so,” said a police officer.

A source said Upadhyay has been eating properly at the police station. He is also given a set of fresh clothes by his friends, who visit the police station regularly.