The mystery surrounding the pistol with which 56-year-old Varsha Bhosle shot herself in the head seemed to be lifting on Tuesday, with singer Asha Bhosle saying she had lost a gun 30 years ago and she thinks it might be the weapon her daughter used.
In her statement recorded on Tuesday, a sobbing Asha said: “I had lost my gun 30 years ago. I think it is the same gun.” Earlier, investigators found that two licenced firearms were issued to Varsha’s maternal uncle and his younger brother, Anand, but the one she used did not belong to them. No firearm was ever issued to Varsha.
“Her brother Anand has a licenced .45 pistol while Varsha’s maternal uncle, Hridayanath Mangeshkar, has a.32 pistol. However, Varsha had used a Belgium-made Browning pistol, which is different from the two issued to her family members,” said a senior police officer. The police on Tuesday recorded the statements of Asha Bhosle, Varsha’s cousin Rachna Shah and her aunt Usha Mangeshkar. “Asha kept crying all through the recording of the statement,” said a source. A bullet had pierced Varsha’s skull and excessive loss of blood was the main cause of her death, the post-mortem report said. A policeman on the case said it seemed Varsha had been watching television on Sunday night and had pushed the pause button on the remote.
According to that, the suicide might have taken place somewhere between 12m and 1am. The family driver Vijay Nakashe had stumbled on Varsha’s body on a blood-soaked sofa in the drawing room of Asha’s first-floor Prabhu Kunj apartment on Monday morning. He had entered through the adjoining flat of singer Lata Mangeshkar when knocks on Asha’s flat went unanswered.
The Times of India, October 10, 2012