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Family cries foul play, alleges police harassment

Jatin Anand, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 03, 2011
First Published: 00:25 IST(3/3/2011) | Last Updated: 00:29 IST(3/3/2011)

Raju Gehlot's "connections" have helped him evade arrest so far. Or, so believes Neetu Solanki's family members.

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The Solankis said the fact that one of Gehlot's uncles happen to be a Delhi Police inspector and the other a state district magistrate (SDM) has helped him remain scot-free.

Is this the law of our land? Why do we follow such ridiculous laws that allow a murderer to be sheltered just because his family members wield a certain amount of clout? And what hope is there in a system that lets a murderer's conduit go scot- free hours after he was arrested," asked Kartar Singh Solanki, Neetu's father.

Even after three weeks of investigation and the arrest of Raju Gehlot's (main accused) relative, the police are yet to arrest Neetu's murderer.

In fact, just hours after he was arrested for providing a safe haven to his cousin Raju Gehlot, Naveen Shokeen is out on bail.

"The police made me sit for 14 hours the day I went to claim Neetu's body on the evening of February 24. It was all idle chat except one question - "If she was indeed my daughter". I cried myself hoarse almost the entire day but they still kept asking me inane questions," said Neetu's father.

Mostly busy running from one premedical coaching institute to another to ensure that his youngest son gets admission in a prestigious medical college in the Capital, it was only after a local media professional, Sameer, who goes only by his first name, approached him with a local Hindi daily that Solanki realised that his daughter was no more.

"I grabbed the newspaper and ran home to get my car. Nothing seemed to make any sense at that time. "Subzi Mandi mortuary was all I could understand. So, I just drove there," Singh recollected.

As he drove clutching the crumpled newspaper, which carried a picture of his daughter's bloated body, Singh had no clue about the fact that his nightmare had in fact just begun.

"Even after I gave them all proofs, filled all the forms and showed them hundreds of pictures (of Neetu), they kept asking me whether I was sure she was my daughter. Then

they asked me things like whether she was an alcoholic," he said.

"It was the most frustrating day of my life. Even before they could get their hands on her murderer, they have let out his accomplice on bail. As if this wasn't enough, they have floated theories about her being a part of a cheating gang."

On their part, police denied harassing Solanki and said they were conducting multiple raids to apprehend Gehlot.


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