Exactly a week after he was murdered under mysterious circumstances, the Delhi Police is virtually clueless about the assailant(s) of Shobhit Modi. The 20-year-old second-year IT student had staggered to the colony gate of his south Delhi residence with a punctured heart last Thursday.
Despite a week-long investigation into the incident, the police are still dragging their feet, hoping for a miracle breakthrough. This, after forming as many as eight special teams for the case and questioning at least 200 suspects.
"We are investigating the case from all possible angles. Our investigations so far have led to the creation of a repository of data collected on the basis of questioning Shobhit's friends and acquaintances.
This data is now being analysed to get to the bottom of the matter," said Amulya Patnaik, joint commissioner of police (southern range).
Meanwhile, the crime branch has begun an 'extensive analysis' of the technical data available to rule out the role of petty criminals. It has also begun verifying the presence of local criminals of the area since the incident.
"We are analysing call data records from mobile phone towers situated in the area where the victim's body was found. CCTV footage from some spots is also being examined. This analysis will help in ascertaining the identity of the person(s) involved in the murder," said a senior Delhi Police officer from the Crime Branch.
Police said they have reasons to suspect the role of some local criminals operating in the adjacent Rangpuri Pahari and Kusumpur areas. Some petty criminals have been reported to be missing from these localities ever since Shobhit was murdered.
Sources say they have reasons to believe that Shobhit's current girlfriend's male friend may be behind the crime. However, the absence of any concrete leads linking him to the crime, have relegated this angle to being a mere theory.