Files. That’s what they are for the investigating agency. But for those whose loved ones were murdered, these files— and memories—are all that remains of the victims.
The families don’t even know who killed their loved ones. Justice, as such, is something they can’t even hope for, much less get.
If figures tell the truth, then till date there are 1,082 unsolved murders in the Capital.
This number—1,082—was Delhi Police’s reply to a Right to Information (RTI) query about the number of unsolved murders in the city.
Of these, 699 murders took place more than five years ago.
In the first three months of 2010 alone, 120 murders have been reported; 40 of which haven’t been solved.
One such unsolved case was that of Mukesh Kumar Baghel, 22, a second-year visually impaired Hindi Honours student at Hansraj College in Delhi University’s North Campus. Baghel, a farmer’s son from Rudmuli village in UP’s Agra district, was found hanging from the ceiling fan on February 9 in his hostel room.
In 2009, of the 552 murder cases registered, only 410 were solved; the fate of the remaining 142 victims is not known.
Take, for instance, the case of Shalini Saxena, 26, a BPO executive. Saxena was found strangled to death with the cord of her own mobile phone charger at her paying guest accommodation in south Delhi’s Gautam Nagar on September 9, 2008.
Her father, VK Saxena works with a bank and travels more than 200 km from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh to the Defence Colony police station in south Delhi every month hoping for some news of progress in the investigation. All he gets are indifferent policemen.
Despite the two specialised units—the District Investigation Units and Anti-Homicide Cell—set up to look into such cases, the cases remain unsolved.
The RTI statistics show that the outer district, comprising areas like Rohini, Alipur, Narela, Sultanpuri and Bawana, has the highest number of unsolved cases.
Of the 336 unsolved murder cases in outer Delhi, around 246 cases are more than five years old. In Northeast Delhi, there are more than 300 unsolved cases. Of these 223 are more than five years old.