Nine days after television journalist Soumya Vishwanathan was shot dead, investigators stumbled upon what looked like a promising lead – they traced the broken pieces of a car’s rear view mirror at the crime spot to a city businessman’s BMW X3 Alpine sports utility vehicle.
Hours later, however, the south Delhi police gave a clean chit to the suspected vehicle.
“We then scanned all the vehicles in the Capital of this make. The task was a little easy as there are not many BMW X3s in the city. This was one of the cars we found and the rear view mirror on the driver’s side was found broken,” said a senior police officer.
During investigations, the officer said, five such cars were imported into the country recently.
The registration number was tracked to businessman Dinesh Jain, a resident of Westend in Vasant Vihar, which also had the rear view mirror broken.
According to the police, Mudit Jain, the car owner’s son, had taken the car for a spin. The police said that the rear view mirror of the luxury car was broken at the same spot sometime on September 29 evening while Soumya was killed on around 3:30 am September 30.
“The police have questioned Dinesh Jain and have also ascertained that they had nothing to do with the crime. The rear view mirror was broken on September 29 when it hit something on the central verge on the route,” said Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat.
The police gave Mudit and the car a clean chit after they examined the CCTV footage from the Emporio Mall on Nelson Mandela Road around 8:30 pm on September 29. “Mudit’s alibi checked out. The footage clearly showed that the car was at the mall with the broken rearview mirror. But we were suspicious about him as he flew to London on the day when Soumya was murdered.” said a senior police officer.
The investigating officers even drove the car to the crime spot and tried to recreate a situation. According to the police, Mudit had gone to the mall on September 29 for buying a shirt for his father on his birthday.