Varsha serviced pistol regularly, knew how to load it: Police

The Gamdevi police investigating the suicide of 56-year-old Varsha Bhosle, veteran singer Asha Bhosle's daughter, said Varsha had not only managed to find the Belgian-made pistol that is believed to have been misplaced by her mother decades ago, but also serviced it regularly and knew how to load it and fire the gun.

Police said Asha Bhosle told them that she did not know the gun was in the apartment and that she had misplaced it three decades ago.

"We are checking to find out if Asha Bhosle owned the pistol Varsha used to shoot herself with," said Nisar Tamboli, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 2).

The police officers said that the .6mm calibre pistol is an automatic weapon that needs to be serviced regularly. Moreover, the magazine of the pistol could be loaded and fired only with practice.

"In case the pistol is not serviced, it gives problems while firing. We are checking Asha Bhosle's pistol registration documents to see if they match with the pistol found on the spot. This particular pistol cannot be purchased without due registration," said the officer.

Officers said they were waiting for Asha Bhosle to recover from the shock of her daughter's death to record her statement at length. "We have partly recorded her statement. We are also waiting for Varsha's brother Anand to return to India," said the officer.

Apart from recording the statements of other family members, the police officers have recorded the statement of Asha Bhosle's driver Vijay Nakashe, who had last spoken to Varsha a few hours before she shot herself.

"Nakashe told us that when he visited the night before her body was found, she (Varsha) did not display any signs of stress or depression," said an officer.

The police said a domestic help who used to stay with Varsha all day had gone home a few minutes before the driver visited the house.

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