Even though the last rites of Varsha Bhosle, daughter of playback singer Asha Bhosle, were performed on Tuesday, police remained clueless about the reasons behind her suicide.
Reports now reveal that the .6mm Belgian make pistol used by Varsha, 56, to shoot herself in the head could have been the one which her mother had lost almost 30 years ago.
A team of police officials from Gamdevi police station visited Asha's Prabhu Kunj building at Pedder Road on Tuesday, and as a part of the investigation, had a brief conversation with her.
During the investigation, Asha told the police that the gun used by Varsha was the same gun she had lost 30 years ago. "The pistol that Varsha used was very old and it had been lost. We don't know how Varsha got her hands on it," Mid Day quoted Asha as saying.
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. 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, reported Times of India.
Varsha was on Monday found dead with two bullet injuries in her head. She was the second of the three children of Asha and Ganpatrao Bhosle and stayed mostly with her mother in the posh Prabhu Kunj building in Mumbai. Police suspect that she committed suicide on Sunday night, but also said that the neighbours did not hear any gunshot.
Varsha's viscera sample has been sent for test. Police sources said the woman's post-mortem report confirmed she died of haemorrhagic shock due to bullet injuries. Three loaded cartridges were found in the pistol.
Varsha, who used to work as a freelance journalist, was divorced from sports journalist Hemant Kenkre. She wrote columns for web portal Rediff.com, The Sunday Observer and the Gentleman magazine, among other freelancing projects. She had also sung songs for some Hindi and Marathi films and performed in some concerts with her mother. She was depressed for many years and had tried to commit suicide in 2008 and 2010 by consuming sleeping pills.