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Family vows quick justice

For Md Adil, it was shock enough to discover that his younger sister, barely 19-years-old at that, is dead. It pained him and his family more that her death was being hushed away as a case of suicide.

india Updated: Apr 16, 2006 00:58 IST

For Md Adil, it was shock enough to discover that his younger sister, barely 19-years-old at that, is dead. It pained him and his family more that her death was being hushed away as a case of suicide.

"I spoke to her last on Friday. She was jovial and spirited as ever. It was just not in her nature to get depressed or attempt a suicide," said Adil, who shared a strong bond with her sister Sonish Javed. The two would regularly hang out at nightclubs with their respective friends.

Sonish's family is justifiably angry and blames Ashok Rajput for their little girl's death. Rajput runs restaurants Iceberg and Sun Citi. “She loved night clubs and going to parties. This is why we did not object when she joined Rajput's company as a marketing manager. She had worked for the company for sometime now and Rajput owed her Rs 1.5 lakh," said Adil.

Sonish had travelled to Mumbai on official work. "She was to get some film stars for a show that Rajput had planned here. On Friday night, one of Rajput’s close aides picked her up from the airport and took her straight to the mall. That is where he killed her, in an attempt to end his problems," alleged Adil.

Sonish's family, which had till a day back prided itself in not being conservative and giving her freedom to follow her dreams, is in hindsight suffering from self-doubts.

While they might rue about what could have been their entire lives, for the present Adil and his parents want justice. “A justice that is quick and puts this man behind bars, and we will fight till the last of our breaths to get it," said the brother.

At Rajput's two restaurants – Sun Citi and Iceberg in Bhikaji Cama Place, there was little action.

Sun Citi was closed on Saturday morning by the staff after some TV crews came asking questions. Iceberg has remained shut for the past 10 days.

Curious onlookers in droves swarmed the place after news of the death of the girl spread.