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'Initial goof-ups mar most murder investigations'

delhi Updated: May 19, 2011 01:54 IST
New Delhi

Shobhit Modi's murder case isn't the only one hitting a dead end. Out of the 87 murder cases reported in the city so far this year, 24 still remain unsolved.

These cases include the murder of Neetu Solanki, whose body was found in a suitcase outside the New Delhi railway station, and another case of a body that was found in a parcel sent from Old Delhi to Ajmer.

On an average 40-50 murder cases in the city remained unsolved every year. Officials blame lack of proper investigation in the initial stages for this dismal figure.

"This happens when the first policeman who goes to the spot goofs-up. Instead of lifting forensic evidence, policemen often end up destroying it. Junior staff needs to be trained properly," said a police officer, wishing to remain anonymous.

In Shobhit murder case, local police didn't have any evidence from the spot. "By the time we were asked for help, it was too late to gather clues from the spot," said a senior officer from Delhi police's crime branch, which is assisting the district police in the investigation.

Police rely heavily on technical surveillance. Traditional methods like gathering intelligence through informers, questioning local criminals, people known to the victim and his/her family, are not followed that rigorously.http://www.hindustantimes.com/images/HTPopups/190511/19_05_11-metro-5b.jpg

"Call details obtained from the phones of victim and his/her family members are considered crucial evidence. Getting the victim's location and those in touch with him/her is an important lead. But if a victim is not carrying a mobile, investigations hit a dead end," explained a senior police officer.

This is exactly what happened in the Neetu Solanki case. The alleged killer is still elusive because he has switched off his mobile phone.

"We suspect her boyfriend Raju Gehlot but can't track him. He has not contacted any of his family members," said a police officer investigating the case.

Solanki's body was recovered from New Delhi railway station on February 11 but remained unidentified till February 23.

While in the case where a body was parcelled to Ajmer, police couldn't trace the rickshaw puller and the person who had come to the transport company despite having CCTV footage.