Hema Upadhyay, Artist at her Studio in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India on Aug. 30, 2007.
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December 22, 2015 3:53 AM EST

The husband of a prominent Indian artist under scrutiny for her murder was arrested in Mumbai early Tuesday after a lengthy overnight interrogation, police said.

Chintan Upadhyay was placed under arrest at 3:30 a.m. local time after being detained Monday night for questioning on the murder of his wife, Indian broadcaster NDTV reported.

Hema Upadhyay, a 42-year-old artist from Mumbai, was found dead last week along with her lawyer Harish Bhambhani in a storm drain in the city. A man from northern India confessed to killing the duo along with four others, all of whom have been arrested.

Upadhyay’s estranged husband, a well-known artist in his own right, was being monitored by police for reported links to the double murder.


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