A Delhi court sentenced two men to death and one to life in prison on Monday for murdering IT professional Jigisha Ghosh, whose abduction from outside her south Delhi home and subsequent killing rocked the Capital seven years ago.
The 28-year-old Ghosh had left her office in Noida but did not return home though her office cab dropped her outside her apartment block. Ghosh was an operations manager with Hewitt Associate Pvt Ltd.
The three men robbed her of her gold jewellery, two mobile phones, and debit and credit cards. Her body was found near Surajkund in Haryana, about 20km from her Vasant Vihar home.
Jigisha’s mother, Sabita Ghosh said she was happy with the verdict. “I wanted the duo to get death penalty, and that is exactly what happened. I am happy with the verdict. This will set an example for others,” she said.
The trio — Ravi Kapoor, Amit Shukla and Baljit Singh Malik — was arrested within a week, as police followed digital footprints after the suspects used Jigisha’s ATM cards to buy expensive goggles, wristwatches and shoes at Sarojini Nagar Market in southern Delhi.
The court took note of the jail probation officer’s report that said Ravi Kapoor and Amit Shukla continue to be a threat to society and could not be reformed – and hence sentenced them to death. The third convict, Baljit Singh Malik, was sentenced to life imprisonment as the probation officer said he could be reformed with time.
The trio was nailed after police identified them from CCTV footage. Malik’s hand tattoo busted the gang as the shop’s surveillance camera captured the image when the trio was out shopping.
The convicts told the police during cross-examination that they had shot dead television journalist Soumya Vishwanathan as well, when she was driving home after a night shift in office on September 30, 2008. The murder weapon, a gun, was recovered from them.
They strangulated Jigisha to death, and to throw investigators off-track, they threw one of her mobile phones in a moving truck and another on the road, police said.