Model was under heavy debt

Sunday, 28 October 2012 - 8:00am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
The starlet had borrowed money from several friends in the film industry for her medical treatment after husband did not pay medical bills.

The mystery surrounding the death of 23-year-old model Bidushi Dash Barde has deepened, as it was revealed that the starlet was allegedly under heavy debt, having borrowed money from several friends in the film industry for her medical treatment. Five days after her murder, the police are still clueless as to whether Barde was murdered, or died accidentally after falling on a glass showcase.

The police have said that that Barde and her husband, Kedar, were having regular arguments for the past few months over her medical treatments. Kedar initially gave money to his wife for her treatment, as she was suffering from high blood sugar levels and other ailments. However, he soon stopped giving her the required money.

“Barde then started borrowing money from her friends in the film industry for her treatment,” the police said. “She even had debts wherein she owed Rs60,000 to a hotel in Seven Bungalows, Andheri, for food. The hotel owner had visited her two days ago, asking for his money to be paid. Barde also owed a model coordinator Rs25,000, who was also continually messaging and calling her to repay her debts. He had even messaged her on the day of her death, as well as the day after that, regarding the same payments.”

The police added that Barde was also stressed about her lack of progress in the film industry.

Barde’s dead body was found at her residence at Manish Garden building in Four Bungalows, Andheri (west) on Monday around 9pm when her husband returned from his job. She was lying in a pool of blood in the passageway between the bathroom and bedroom, and several wounds were found on her cheek, neck and chin.     

Police are questioning Barde’s husband Kedar, but are yet to arrive at any definitive clues. CCTV footage revealed that on the day of her death, Kedar had left home at 7.40am, and messaged his wife at 8.11am. He swiped his ID card at his office in Nariman Point at 8.52am. Barde had called a neighbouring medicine shop in Four Bungalows as well, asking what time they would open. When they said they wouldn’t open till 9.30am, Barde disconnected the call.

The police has not yet given Kedar a clean chit, and are also questioning several other model coordinators and people who were in touch with the couple. On Friday, the police recorded Kedar’s mother’s statement.

The final postmortem report on Friday suggested that Barde had multiple injuries on her neck and one deep injury in the same area. “The injury marks could be due to sharp object, but it is not clear that any weapon was used,” said a police official.

A mystery death

  • Despite investigations and questionings, the police remain uncertain about Bidushi’s death
  • CCTV footage has revealed that Bidushi’s husband had left the house around 7am, and reached his office before 9am.
  • Bidushi was suffering from high blood sugar and other ailments.

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