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Delhi double murder goof-up: Kanjhawala station head transferred, IO suspended

Jasbir and Devender told police that they, along with two friends Mohit and Vikas, had allegedly gangraped the woman in front of her friend and then murdered both of them to cover up their crime. Both Mohit and Vikas are absconding.

delhi Updated: Apr 29, 2017 23:40 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Delhi double murder,GAng rape and murder,Kanjhawala
On Friday, the crime branch of Delhi Police arrested three men — Jasbir Dabas, Devender alias Babloo and Manjeet — who confessed to having gang raped the woman before killing her. Her friend was also strangulated later.

Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik on Saturday ordered immediate action against the station house officer (SHO) and the investigating officer (IO) who probed the twin murder case in outer Delhi’s Kanjhawala.

The commissioner also instructed the vigilance department to begin a fresh inquiry in the entire episode which involved the murders of a woman and her alleged lover in February and the subsequent arrest of her husband and another relative for the crime. The crime branch of Delhi Police on Friday had disclosed that the woman had first been gang raped by four members of a gang and then killed along with her ‘lover’.

“The DCP of vigilance department has been ordered to conduct an inquiry and submit the report as soon as possible,” said Madhur Verma, Delhi Police spokesperson. The officer who probed the two related murders has been suspended with immediate effect. “The Kanjhawala SHO has been transferred and sent to district lines,” Verma added.

The vigilance department will speak to the jailed man and his brother-in-law to find if they were tortured into confessing to the murders. The police will also question their family members who told HT on Saturday that they had witnessed the alleged torture by police.

The vigilance department has been tasked with finding several other unanswered questions such as the evidence collected by the local police to link the duo to the murder. Back in February, the arrests were made without the police recovering the weapon used in the murder.

The crime branch, on the other hand, produced a belt claiming it was used to strangulate the man and woman after gang raping her. The crime branch also said that the murdered woman’s mobile phone was recovered from the three arrested men.

First Published: Apr 29, 2017 23:37 IST