A 58-year-old man, who had never watched a crime scene or entered a police station in his life, has turned an investigator to track the murderer of his 25-year-old son, killed 10 months ago in another city.
BHEL, Bhopal, employee Sharat Chandra Roy’s only son Abhishek, a mechanical engineer, was stabbed to death on the day he was to join a dream job with a multi-national company (MNC) “Shoe Finishing Private Limited” in Pune.
According to Roy, he was told by police that on the night of the murder Abhishek and his roommate, Siddharth, were in a flat they shared while a third occupant named Kumar was away at work.
Around 4 am on June 1, Siddharth woke up after hearing a scream. He found Abhishek was missing from the flat.
The main door of the flat was open. He came out, where he saw two people running away from the building. He tried to catch them but they fled the spot.
Outside, Abhishek lay in a pool of blood, stabbed in the chest. Abhishek was taken to a hospital with the help of owner of the building Yogesh Satav.
He was later moved a second hospital, Ruby Hall Clinic, where he was declared dead on arrival.
Later, Lonikand police informed Roy that his son had been killed trying to foil a robbery.
A case of burglary leading to death (460 of IPC) was registered by police.
To the grief-stricken father, getting his son justice became a mission.
On June 9, Roy went to Lonikand police station in Pune, seeking to prove that his son had been murdered in cold blood.
“I stayed in Pune for about a month and I investigated all the facts. From 6am to 9pm, I used to gather facts to prove that it was not a burglary attempt but a cold-blooded murder,” Roy said.
“(The) falsehood of police claims was exposed when I asked police why they registered a case under section 460 of IPC. Police told me that robbers had also stolen a bag (containing) Rs 10,000 from a window of the house owner. I visited the house and saw the window had grills and it’s impossible for anybody to take out a bag from the window.”
When the anomaly was pointed out, the police deleted the reference to the money being stolen from Satava’s house, Roy said.
Other questions remained, including why there was no knife wound on any other part of Abhishek’s body except the chest if a scuffle had ensued.
“I also obtained documents from the hospital. In the Ruby Hall hospital, Satav or Siddartha said somebody knocked the door and (the) patient went to open it, on opening two people grabbed him and took him out and assaulted with some sharp instrument. If it is true, then how could police say that was a robbery attempt? If Siddharth was sleeping then, who has given this statement to the hospital administration?” Roy said.
“I came back to Bhopal with papers collected during investigation. I saw another flaw in the hospital’s paper and went to Pune again after two months,” Roy said.
“He was killed between 3.30 am and 4 am but why he was taken to the first hospital about 5.16am, one hour after the incident whereas the hospital was just 10 minutes away from the flat.
“Our daughter, who also lives in Pune, was informed by his roommate at around 5.30am. I don’t see any reason for so much delay,” he added.
“I met the superintendent of police in November. He took my points seriously and the matter was referred to the crime branch. Still, they have not added section 302 of IPC in the FIR,” said Roy, referring to murder charges under the Indian law.
The hapless father says he wants all the witnesses to take a lie detecting test.
Police questioned Siddharth and another roommate Krishna but they never questioned the owner and the other people living in the same apartment.
“If I had not been persistent with my questions, perhaps they would have closed the case by now. Police should arrest the killers, who killed my innocent son brutally,” Roy said.
When HT contacted Siddharth, he said, “Abhishek was like my brother. His murder was shocking for me. I don’t want to say anything about allegations against me but I am ready to extend my complete help.”
But for Roy’s persistence the Lonikand police would perhaps have closed the case as an unsolved burglary death.
Talking over phone Lonikand police station inspector Chandrakant Jadhav said, “We can’t say anything about the case as investigation is on. We are working on both the theories- burglary attempt and pre-planned murder.
“We are also investigating on the clues which were given by Abhishek’s father.”
Abhishek, a mechanical engineer, was stabbed to death on the day he was to join his dream job in Pune on June 1
Police told his father that on the night of the murder Abhishek and his roommate Siddharth were in a flat they shared while a third occupant named Kumar was away
Around 4am, Siddharth woke up after hearing a scream and found Abhishek was missing from the flat
He came out and saw two people running away from the building. He tried to catch them but they fled
Abhishek was found in pool of blood and was taken to a hospital with the help of building owner. He was later moved a second hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.