After seven years of legal struggle, a Delhi-based tailor is seeing a ray of hope to bring the killers of his lovelorn son to justice as the CBI has filed a chargesheet against three accused.
When Mahesh Chand realised that the Delhi Police Crime Branch, which started the investigation into the murder of his son Ishwar Singh in 2001 was heading nowhere even after six years, the tailor moved the Delhi High Court requesting it to hand over the case to the CBI.
After registering the case on March 30, 2007, the agency found that brother of Ishwar's love interest Urmil, Jitender and his two friends Sunder Singh and Pawan Kumar were allegedly involved in the killing.
Ishwar's body was discovered from the forests of Pilikothi in Mahipalpur in South-West Delhi on November 25, 2001. Sunder and Jitender were having strained relations with Ishwar Singh and threatened to kill him on different occasions.
During the probe, the CBI found that Ishwar's love-interest Urmil had once became pregnant and Ishwar allegedly got her aborted at a local hospital in Gurgaon. Her brother Jitender was suspicious of this relationship and had even warned Ishwar to keep away from his sister.
The chargesheet mentions that Ishwar kept making phone calls in the name of one Sunder Singh, who is also the resident of same locality. The matter went to the seniors of the village where Sunder denied calling her but Urmil maintained that it was Sunder who was troubling her over phone.
The CBI in its chargesheet filed last week mentioned that Jitender Kumar had motive behind killing Ishwar. Besides, Pawan Kumar was the last person seen with the deceased who took him towards main road making him liable to explain.
During the investigations, 'kara' worn by Jitender in his wrist was also recovered from the crime site. Although lacking any incriminating evidence in the case, CBI has based its case on the "extra-judicial" confessions made by the accused in front of witnesses.
Uncle of Sunder Singh, Mohan Lal, accepted that Pawan had told him that the trio had killed Ishwar which was also confessed by Sunder in front of him. He also alleged that Pawan after committing the crime had returned in blood stained clothes which scared his mother.
A day before body was found, someone inquired about the location of Ishwar on phone. Anil Kumar, younger brother of the deceased, said that it appeared that Sunder was on the line.
Later in the evening, Kishan Chand while going home saw Pawan Kumar talking to Ishwar and then taking him towards main road. That was the last time his father saw him.
Next morning, Kishan Chand was told that his son's body was lying in the forests of Pili Kothi.