Almost four months after Vaibhav Kumar, a 14-year-old student of Bal Bharti School and an international athlete, was found dead in circumstances outside his flat in Skylark Apartments in Dwarka’s Sector 6, the police have registered a case of murder.
Kumar, who had represented India in an international rope-jumping event at Japan in 2011, was found dead outside his building on September 5, 2012. The police had called it a case of suicide, even as his family members alleged foul play in the incident.
On December 17, an FIR was registered under Sections 302 (murder), 201 (disappearance of evidence of offence) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) at the Dwarka south police station after the court’s intervention.
Aman Yadav, who lives in the same building, has been named as the prime suspect in the FIR. The victim’s family members have been accusing Yadav of murdering Kumar.
“We have registered a murder case and are investigating it,” said AK Ojha, additional CP (southwest). The police will now investigate what happened between 6.48pm and 10.08pm, when CCTV footage showed Kumar entering the lift and falling from the building.
While Kumar lived with his parents and two siblings on the first floor of the building, Yadav lives with his mother on the seventh floor of the same building.
“There were blood stains on the fourth, fifth and seventh floor of the building and also inside Yadav’s flat. The police did collect samples of the blood spots. But they neither took photographs of the blood stains nor did they seal Yadav’s flat. Also, no effort was made to question Yadav,” said Dr Vijendra Kumar, father of the victim who runs a clinic at Vishnu Garden.
Asked why they suspect Yadav, Kumar’s mother Asha Devi said, “Some days before the unfortunate incident, my son had seen Yadav smoking hookah on the terrace of our building. Yadav had threatened my son when he said he would tell other residents about it. He also hit my son in his stomach when he told Yadav that people address him as a cell phone thief.”
Kumar’s parents refer to the CCTV footage from an adjacent refreshment booth which, according to them, shows Yadav’s mysterious movement near the spot where Kumar was found dead.
The family has since shifted to their old house in Vishnu Garden.
“We feared danger to the lives of our other two children, so we left that house. The police did not support us which is why we approached the court for justice,” said the mother.