A model was found murdered in her ground floor apartment in Andheri West in Mumbai [ Images ] late on Monday.
Bidushi Dash Barde, 23, a former beauty queen from Chennai, was alone at home throughout the day and did not answer any of his calls, claimed her husband Kedar Barde.
Kedar, who works for a company in Mumbai's Nariman Point area, found her blood-spattered body after returning from work.
He said that he found Bidushi's body in the passage between the bathroom and the bedroom. A glass shelf was lying broken near her. Glass shards were found protruding from Bidushi's cheek, jaw, neck and chin. There were also fingernail marks on her face as well as head injuries, he added.
The D N Nagar Police initially registered a case of accidental death. But based on the nature of injuries as per Bidushi's post-mortem and the eyewitness account of a resident of the society, Four Bungalows, the police are now probing a case of murder.
Bidushi, who has acted in Tamil films and has been modelling in Mumbai, married Kedar, a software engineer, three years ago. They had moved into the flat 18 months ago.
The cause of her death is yet to be ascertained. Police said that a chemical analysis of the body is being conducted at the state forensic science laboratory.
Shantanu Dash, Bidushi's father, told a national daily, "Initially, I thought that my daughter had died accidentally. But now I am certain that she was murdered in cold blood. The police have been very supportive. Bidhushi was very happy in Mumbai and was doing well in her career. She did not have fights with anyone."
The Dash family said that Bidushi won the Miss Chennai contest in 2006 and was very happy with Kedar.
The family belongs to Orissa.
Dash said he would not give a clean chit to the security guard as he had not bothered to take down the visitor's detailed address or phone number.