The murder of Telugu actress Bhargavi has opened up a pandora's box. With fresh evidences and information, the police have been unravelling the murder mystery. Actress Bhargavi was found dead along with an associate Praveen, in her apartment in Banjara Hills in Hyderabad on Tuesday under suspicious circumstances. First hand evidences showed that she was stabbed to death by Praveen, who later committed suicide by consuming soft drink mixed with cyanide.
Investigations have shown that deep cuts in the lungs and chest led to her death, though there were many other wounds on the rest of her body. Though the police had earlier ruled out any struggle, the latest reports show that Bhargavi, who was not willing to commit suicide was stabbed to death by Praveen in rapid succession. Praveen's suicide note reveals that Bhargavi's refusal to get back to Praveen ever since they have been staying separately for some months had triggered the whole incident. Bhargavi had got acquainted with Praveen through his orchestra group, Saibaba Orchestra and they tied the knot in 2006.
Apart from the blood smeared dagger, cyanide powder and the suicide note, the police have found a CD and an album from the house, which prove that Bhargavi was married to Praveen. However Praveen's dubious identity and his third marriage to Bhargavi have raised much doubts. Added to that, the statements issued by Praveen's brother regarding his unawareness of Praveen-Bhagavi relationship and the involvement of a third party have made matter worse.
According to Praveen's brother, "It is true that he was married twice. First time, he fell in love and married a girl. We accepted her into our family and they have a daughter. When he attempted for a second marriage, we objected. We were completely unaware about the third marriage or about Bhargavi, because many artists used to meet him in the pretext of organizing programs related to the orchestra." Praveen was first married to the daughter of a police officer, Dolly and later to Swapna, the heroine in Lady Bachelors.
"I do agree that he was not faithful in his marital relationships. Our late father and I were very much concerned about him because of this attitude. However, he is not so weak to attempt a suicide, and I don"t think he is bold enough to commit murder. I suspect that a third party is involved in this and it could be involving ladies from his past life."
The police have not ruled out the possibility of the the involvement of a third person in the whole crime. Bhargavi's make-up assistant Venkat is one of the prime suspects as he has been absconding since Tuesday. It is assumed that Venkat must have been the one handed over information regarding Bhargavi's whereabouts to Praveen. As per the police, "The call logs of the cell phones of both Bhargavi and Praveen show calls were either made to or received from Venkat's mobile on Tuesday morning,"
DCP Ravi Varma informed the media that Praveen had come to Hyderabad from his native place Nellore armed with a dagger. "We have got evidence that Praveen came to the city from Nellore only day before yesterday and reached Bhargavi's house. He brought the dagger from Nellore," he said. It has been found that he had taken the bus from Nellore at 8:00pm and had reached Hyderabad on Tuesday morning. Venkat is presumed to have then given Praveen all the information that day.
Bhargavi's unprecedented death has left many producers and filmmakers in the lurch. One of her ongoing projects Holidays is yet to be completed. The bodies have been handed over to the families and post-mortem reports are awaited.