Meenakshi Thapa, a 26-year-old aspiring Bollywood actress in the cut throat world of showbiz was brutally murdered by two fellow actors she “befriended on the set of her latest film”, reports say.
According to the Daily Mail, the young actress had been beheaded last month by Amit Jaiswal and her lover Preeti Surin, both of whom had attempted to extort a ransom payment in exchange for her life.
Thapa, who had scored a small role in Madhur Bhandarkar’s upcoming film, Heroine, met the pair on the set of the movie. The pair had kidnapped her and demanded a ransom from her family.
Her mother had paid 60,000 Rupees (£730), but even that was not enough to save her daughter from the hands of her captors, who had planned to get 1,500,000 Rupees (£18,000) from the family.
A detective told The Telegraph: “They wanted to extort money from her family. They have confessed to the crime. She was strangled in a hotel and her body was hacked into pieces and thrown in a water tank.
“They threw her head from a moving bus while traveling back to Mumbai.”
Jaiswal and Surin believed Thapa came from a rich family, but that was far from the truth. The Nepalese-origin family had moved to India some years ago and like her killers, Thapa had struggled to gain a foothold in the tough Bollywood film industry.
The pair claimed to have been taken in by Thapa’s false stories of an “affluent family”.
“The accused believed that Thapa was from a wealthy family because her lifestyle, despite not landing a big film role, hid the fact that she actually came from a middle-class background.
According to reports, the murdering duo had first lured Thapa to travel with them to Gorakhpur where they held her hostage and then called up her family with their demands.
Thapa’s mother said they threatened to drug her daughter and make a pornographic film if she didn’t deposit the money into the victim’s account. Her mother paid 60,000 Rupees, but fell short of the captors’ demands.
A police officer said: “They returned to Mumbai from Allahabad by bus. On their way they threw out the bag.”
It was a gruesome crime, one that the perpetrators would have gotten away with save for one mistake. Jaiswal and Surin had gotten rid of all the evidence of their crime, but held on to Thapa’s mobile phone SIM cards.
Police, who had been on the hunt for the killers, found them by tracking the SIM cards.
“They confessed to the crime, but couldn’t tell us exactly where they threw away the head during their journey from Allahabad to Mumbai,” a police officer said.
Jaiswal, 36, and Surin, 26, were originally from Allahabad. The pair had eloped after Jaiswal’s wife found out about their affair. Together the pair travelled to the Bollywood capital, hoping to break into the industry.
They may not be taking part in any fictional flicks for the big screen, but they are the stars of this real-life horror story.