The acquittal of nine persons of the charge of murder of 22-year-old Alok Nath leaves behind a question as to who killed him.
Alok was stabbed seven times in full public view outside his house in Dadumajra, but the UT police failed miserably to gather evidence to bring his murderers to book. Owing to poor investigations his killers are roaming free.
Coming close on the heels of acquittal in the infamous Dimpy murder case, this case too puts the focus on "shoddy police investigation". The acquittals point towards a dire need to use scientific methods in investigations.
"Acquittal does not mean denial of justice. Many a times the investigating agencies are under tremendous pressure to crack the case and thus end up falsely implicating people. So in such cases justice is meted out to people falsely booked when they are acquitted," said advocate Harish Bhardwaj.
"My father was killed from point-blank range outside our house. Even after five years of the murder, we are still waiting to know why and who killed him. We had sought for CBI investigation after the UT police failed to crack the case, but the CBI too filed a closure report which is under consideration by the court," said Gagan Khurana, son of the owner of Sham Fashion Mall. However, Gagan has strongly opposed the request to close the investigation in the case.
"There is a need to have trained investigation wing, well equipped with latest technology and scientific methods to probe crime, so that people are not falsely implicated and no crime goes undetected. Apart from this, a separate wing for investigation and prosecution is the need of the hour," said advocate Gagan Aggarwal.
Expressing concern, UT inspector general of police RP Upadhyaya said, "Acquittals are not always the result of poor investigation but also sometimes due to technical reason. All acquittals are being examined by our legal team and action would be taken in case of shortcomings."
Prabhjinder Singh Dimpy, a notorious gangster who was facing over a dozen charges of contract killing and abduction, was gunned down by two motorcycle-borne assailants near the Lake Club on July 7, 2006. Owing to police failure, the court on February 5 acquitted gangster-turned-politician Jaswinder Singh alias Rocky, the sole accused arrested in the case. The court had even rapped the police for its shoddy investigation.
Sham Fashion Mall owner's murder
In May 2009, Amarjit Khurana's, 51, was shot dead from outside his house in Sector 35. The case was first investigated by the UT police, but nothing substantial was found, so it was handed over to the CBI on the request of the family to the Punjab and Haryana high court in October 2010. The CBI too having hit a dead end has filed a closure report that has been strongly opposed by Amarjit's son. The report is under consideration by the court.
Neha Ahlawat murder
The murder of Sector 38 (West)-resident Neha Ahlawat, 21, has been haunting the police department since May 2010. Cops failed to make any headway even after raising the reward from `1 lakh to
`5 lakh. The UT cops realised how far they were from cracking the case when Gandhinagar-based forensic lab gave the clean chit to five suspects in brain-mapping test.
Bank officer's wife murder
Santosh Kumari, wife of a State Bank of India official, was found murdered in government accommodation in the SBI Colony, Sector 42, on August 4, 2009. No headway has been made in the case, though cops had claimed possibility of involvement of an electrician as the victim was electrocuted to death.
Makhan Majra guard's murder
In July 2013, the court had acquitted two men accused of murdering 55-year-old security guard Prayagraj Singh at a godown in Makhan Majra village. His murder too remains a mystery. The prosecution had failed to prove an extra-judicial 'confession' or even a motive. He was killed on September 9-10 night in 2011.