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Probe as good as closed

A university professor’s wife was strangulated, her throat slit seven times and body dumped in her bathroom. Kapil Datta and Darpan Singh report.

delhi Updated: Apr 26, 2011 00:35 IST

A university professor’s wife was strangulated, her throat slit seven times and body dumped in her bathroom. This happened during daytime in one of the staff accommodations on the ever-abuzz campus of Gautam Buddha University in Greater Noida. The body had marks that suggested struggle with a group of people.

But four months on, the police have failed to zero in on anyone even remotely linked to the brutal murder. This, despite having taken 40 fingerprints, questioning 300 people and detaining 20 others. Investigators have no clue about the motive either. For all practical purposes, the probe is closed.

“The case has hit a dead-end. There has been no progress and there is no clue,” said PP Singh, the SHO of Kasna police station, though he denied that the probe has been closed officially. But police sources did say that “no one has even touched the file for weeks now”.

Assistant professor Nagendra Singh’s wife Varsha was killed on December 14. The police are yet to recover her laptop and cell phone, which could have some leads.

The fingerprints collected did not match those on the body. The dog squad too could not provide any leads. The police scanned the records of contract killers which did not reveal anything either.

Initially, police hinted that an insider could have been involved as there was no forced entry into the house. The Kasna police also consulted the CB-CID (crime branch). A special team was formed to crack the case but to no avail.