470 men questioned to find killer’s name
It took 300 policemen, 72 hours of extensive investigation, questioning of 470 people to get the name of the alleged killer of Radhika Tanwar.delhi Updated: Mar 12, 2011 01:31 IST
It took 300 policemen, 72 hours of extensive investigation, questioning of 470 people to get the name of the alleged killer of Radhika Tanwar.
With almost no leads in the case, the South Delhi Police kicked off their investigation on the basis of a sketch given by three eyewitnesses. The police claim that the sketch resembles the face of the alleged killer — Ram Singh, alias Vijay.
The police questioned Radhika's friends and family members at length. From them, the police zeroed in on one Sanjay Sharma, a friend and neighbour of the family; Pankaj, their tenant and Aditya, her classmate.
"Sharma claimed that three and half years ago he thrashed Vijay for harassing Radhika. As he was a family friend, she confided in him about the problem, which is when he along with a few others thrashed Vijay and publicly humiliated him. Vijay might have been beaten twice. Sharma remembered his face and also knew the lane in Naraina Village from where he used to come," said a senior police officer, requesting anonymity.
After getting a lead from Sharma, the police visited the lane and questioned people about Vijay.
"Several people, mostly artisans and daily wage workers, were questioned. Some of them said they knew about him and his name was Vijay. They also told us that he used to work for a man named Kamaal Khan who owned a knitting factory in the area," the officer said.
The police went to owner of the knitting unit and questioned Khan about Vijay.
"He told us about the incidents that happened three years ago and why Vijay was fired. He also told us Vijay was friends with Ashraf and Tabrez," the officer said.
The police then tried to find about the whereabouts of Vijay's two friends.
On a manhunt
"We found that they left the city and went to Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh. A team was immediately sent there. The two were nabbed and they told us everything," said the officer.
The police are apparently hot on Vijay's heels and might arrest him and bring him to Delhi by Friday night.