No headway in murder cases raises eyebrows over police functioning

  • Amandeep Dixit, Hindustan Times, SAS Nagar
  • Updated: Nov 19, 2014 12:11 IST

Though some cases were cracked by police, many sensational murders still remain a mystery—raising questions over the functioning of police. A total of 17 murder cases were reported in 2013.

All investigation theories in such heinous crime cases have fallen flat and they have remained in the files only.

In Rajwant Shergill murder case, due to slow pace of investigation and lack of coordination between different police wings, police could not get any breakthrough. The crime investigation agency (CIA), the special agency formed to probe the sensational crime cases in the district, and other investigation wings and police sources, all seem clueless regarding these cases.

These cases due to media glare remain in limelight and are investigated for a few days but with time, they disappear in the police files. Police claim technical support (phone call details) is the only main component to solve a case, but many raise eyebrows over the usage of agencies working in coordination of police.

Rajwant Shergill

Local Congress leader Rajwant Shergill’s decomposed body was found in a car parked at Sector 69 in SAS Nagar on May 21. The post-mortem report disclosed that his throat was slit and had received severe injuries on head.

Wife not questioned

Even after having confirmed information about strained relationship between Shergill and his wife, police had not questioned her. Shergill was shot dead by two unidentified motorcycle-borne youths at Chamkaur Sahib on March 17, 2013.

Sameer Watts

Sameer Watts was shot dead from point blank range by an unidentified person at Phase 8 in SAS Nagar on 12 March, 2009. Interestingly, at the time of murder, Watt’s brother-in-law was around 200-metre away from his car.

Brother-in-law not questioned

The killer had called the victim from a landline number of Fortis Hospital just before murder. However, Police had failed to trace accused person. During investigation, Watt’s brother-in-law stated he had not seen anyone coming towards Watts’s car.

Suresh kumar

The body of Suresh Kumar, 28, a realtor, was recovered from his burnt car in Siswan area in SAS Nagar on November 27, 2010. Till now, police have failed to come to a logical conclusion in the case.

No CBI probe

Even after getting call details of the victim, who appeared to be under stress over his marriage, police investigation is still underway. However, family members have also demanded a CBI probe.

Official speak

Police always try to find out the motive of the accused behind the crime, which is the only way to solve the case. In all these cases, special teams have been formed to solve these critical cases. Also, phone call details are one of the most important component to get a substantial lead.
Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti, SSP, SAS Nagar.

Police theories fall flat

The slow pace of investigation in such sensational cases has raised questions over the way investigations are carried out. It also raises doubts about the working of police as in most of these cases cops were dependent upon call details only. However, there seems to be no specific use of intelligence wing and source information.

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