One of the accused in the murder cases of television journalist Soumya Vishwanathan and IT executive Jigeesha Ghosh managed to give the police a slip on Thursday afternoon. The accused identified as Ajay Sethi also attacked a policeman who tried to intercept his car near Badarpur border in southeast Delhi on Thursday. The police team was stuck in the traffic jam at Badarpur border while the accused managed to flee from the scene.
Police said they had deployed several teams to trace Sethi.
Three of the accused — Ravi Kapoor, Amit Kumar Shukla and Baljeet Malik alias Poppy — who are presently in two days custody of south district police informed about the whereabouts of Sethi.
Sethi who lives in Faridabad, had allegedly helped the accused in helping them dispose the Wagon R car used in the murder of Soumya, police said.
“When we grilled the accused they told us about the whereabouts of Sethi. They, however, did not divulge the correct address and we had to deploy more than 50 policemen on foot and on scooters on his trail,” said a senior police officer.
Police said they reached Badarpur border, where Sethi was to meet one of his accomplices, on the basis of a specific tip-off.
“Around 4 pm, we had almost cornered him, but he managed to flee. A constable had also managed to break open the windowpane of the Santro car he was driving. Sethi punched him hard and the constable fell on the ground,” said the officer.
Another police team that was following him got stuck in the traffic jam and Sethi gave them a slip. When the police raided his rented accommodation in Faridabad, they did not find anyone and neighbours informed the police that Sethi’s wife left the house only few minutes ago.
Ravi Kapoor, a car thief who is said to be the leader of the gang that killed Ghosh and Vishwanathan, told the police that he destroyed the ATM cards soon after purchasing goods from it.
“So far, we have not recovered Ghosh’s ATM cards from Kapoor or the other accused. They told us that they destroyed the cards soon after they used it for purchases at Sarojini Nagar market on March 19,” said the officer.
The accused would be produced in a city court on Friday where the police will seek their remand again in the Vishwanathan case. Policemen who interrogated the three accused said they had no remorse for what they had done. “They have not shown any kind of remorse during their interrogation. They confessed to other incidents of robbery and car thefts as well,” said the officer.