It was the single-handed effort of an elderly couple that not only helped the Delhi Police get to their daughter’s killers, but also solve the six-month-old murder case of TV journalist Soumya Vishwanathan.
When their only child, Jigeesha Ghosh (27), an operations manager at Hewitt Associates, Noida, failed to come home after work on Wednesday morning, Jagannath Ghosh, 65, and his wife Savita went on their own investigation trail.
<b1>Jagannath found large sums of money had been withdrawn from his daughter’s bank account and her credit card used for big buys soon after she went missing. “We searched every shop in Sarojini Nagar and found the one where purchases had been made. Prem Watch Company where the killers bought a watch for Rs 36,000 had a CCTV.
Luckily, the footage had caught faces of the accused. Police also reached on time and took the footage,” said Ghosh.
HGS Dhaliwal, DCP (South), said “We have relied on our own investigation but closely coordinated with the family in the time of crisis,” he said.
The four accused were arrested on Monday. Police said Jigeesha was abducted from outside her house.
The accused took Jigeesha to an ATM, withdrew cash and allegedly strangled her, then dumped her body in Faridabad.
Police said the accused also confessed to having killed Vishwanathan who was murdered on September 30. “We got the pistol used to kill Soumya. They tried to overtake her car and when she did not stop, they shot her,” said commissioner of police YS Dadwal.
The arrests have come as a relief for Jigeesha’s parents, who have been fighting a lonely battle. Jagannath had to manage alone even to cremate her body.
“I want them hanged. What happened to my daughter shouldn’t happen to anyone else,” said Jigeesha’s mother Savita.