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Do ‘sketchy’ details really help nab culprit?

delhi Updated: Nov 28, 2010 01:04 IST
Vijaita Singh
Vijaita Singh
Hindustan Times
Vijaita Singh

Even as the police released two sketches in the Dhaula Kuan gangrape case, it is not known how far will those images help nab the accused. Reason: Not many cases have been solved in the past with the help of such identity kits, which are prepared digitally.

During the September 2008 serial blasts in the city, police had released sketches of two bombers.

However, none of them matched with the 14 alleged terrorists arrested in the case so far. All the accused belonged to the Indian Mujahideen
(IM) —the homegrown terror outfit responsible for the serial blasts that killed 21 people.

Even though most of the bombers have been arrested or identified, the sketches are still uploaded on the official website of the Delhi Police.
“The identity kits help us in coming one step closer to the investigations. However, much depends on the memory of the victim as well. We depend heavily on their version,” said Rajan Bhagat, spokesperson of Delhi Police.

In the present case, police have managed to prepare the sketches of the two accused with the help of the details given by the victim and her colleague who was with her at the time of the incident.

“The victim’s memory is fragmented and she is not able to give out the exact details of the accused involved. She is too traumatised,” said a senior police officer.

“We have to depend on her version as we don’t have any other substantial clue in the case,” he added.

Police said the sketches help them match the identity of the suspects with those present in the dossiers.“If a first-time criminal is involved then the sketches are not of much help,” he said, adding that the sketches help in narrowing down on some of the suspects only if the police already have their records.