Delhi Police have started interrogating “local criminals” in the Soumya Vishwanathan murder case, after groping in the dark for almost four months.
On Tuesday, police picked up four criminals from neighbouring areas of Vasant Kunj where the TV journalist was shot dead in her car.
“We questioned a chain snatcher, a bootlegger, a robber and another petty criminal on Tuesday. Though we have not got any vital evidence yet, we are questioning criminals who may provide some clue into the case,” said a senior police officer.
The criminals belong to Hasanpur, Masoodpur, Kusumpur Pahadi and Munirka villages, the police said.
These villages are in the vicinity of Nelson Mandela Marg where Vishwanathan was found dead in her car early on September 30 last year. The journalist was driving back home from work after finishing a late shift with an English news channel where she was employed.
Police have interrogated around 30 people with criminal antecedents in the past one month but have failed to make any headway.
Earlier, police had interrogated people visiting nearby pubs and discotheques and were investigating the theory that she may have been shot dead by some partygoers.
The day she was shot dead, a birthday party was on at a five-star hotel in the vicinity. The hotel’s CCTV footage revealed guests had left the hotel around 3.30 am, the time when Vishwanathan was shot dead.
Police did not find much from the CCTV footage of the parking lot at Vasant Vihar Priya complex.
“We are extending our probe beyond the partygoers. We do not want to leave any stone unturned. These criminals could provide certain clues,” said the officer.
Police had earlier lost vital hours when they presumed the death to be an accident. Only a postmortem revealed a bullet lodged in the journalist’s head.