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Suicide: No action against any channel

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 21, 2013
First Published: 00:15 IST(21/12/2013) | Last Updated: 00:18 IST(21/12/2013)

The Delhi Police on Friday ruled out criminal action against one or more television channels as part of their ongoing investigation into the suicide of activist Khurshid Anwar at his Vasant Kunj home.

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Senior police officials privy to the investigation said they had not been able to get anything substantial enough to be treated as a dying declaration from the scene of the crime and that a ‘three-page, handwritten suicide note’ - which several media reports had been quoting for the last two days - was a myth.

“All that could be recovered from his room was a laptop on which he had been typing a sort of ramble about his recollection from the night of the crime in a word file,” said a senior police officer.

The police, however, said though there was no direct evidence in its regard, they were investigating whether the complaint of sexual assault alleged against him was ‘motivated’.

“Investigation is still under way and is open-ended. We first need the complainant’s version of events as they unfolded during the night that she spent at his residence,” an officer said.

A resident of Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh and alumni of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Anwar was the executive director of the NGO Institute for Social Justice (ISJ).

He was accused of rape by a 24-year old who was active during the December 16 gang rape  protests. His body was found around 10:30am on Wednesday.


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