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‘Sabharwal killed my brother’

Kailash Kumar (33) is desperately hunting for his brother’s killer. It has become somewhat his life’s mission. HT reports

delhi Updated: Jul 23, 2010 23:35 IST
Karan Choudhury
Karan Choudhury
Hindustan Times

Kailash Kumar (33) is desperately hunting for his brother’s killer. It has become somewhat his life’s mission.

Kumar’s brother is Parvinder Singh, who was stabbed to death a year ago in Delhi University’s North Campus.

Singh worked as an aide to Himanshu Sabharwal, the son of slain professor H S Sabharwal of Madhav College in Ujjain. Prof Sabharwal died in August 2006 after a fracas in the college over student union elections when he was allegedly beaten up by ABVP activists. Singh’s family suspects that Himanshu Sabharwal killed their son.

Kumar claimed that his brother’s death was a media stunt, orchestrated by Himanshu Sabharwal.

“I believe Himanshu killed him just to get his father’s death back in the limelight. My brother was last seen with Himanshu. The candlelight vigil he had planned for his father was not finding many takers. By killing my brother, he tried to blame the same people who had killed his father and was able to get all the media attention,” Kumar alleged.

The family believes there are many inconsistencies in Himanshu’s statement to the police. “He has still not been able to tell the police the correct chain of events of the night of the murder,” claimed Neetu Singh, Singh’s widow.

Himanshu, however, dismissed these allegations as an “emotional outburst” of a family who lost their member. “These allegations are preposterous. Parvinder was a dear friend. I still send his salary to the family every month. It was a personal loss to me.”

The police say, most of the evidence in the case is circumstantial. In December last year, they even conducted lie detection tests on Himanshu, Pooja Gaur (a documentary filmmaker) and Mohammad Saif (a student of Ramjas College), who were the last to see Singh alive.

“It is clear it was not a case of robbery. We are awaiting the results of the test. It might be able to shed some light on the murder,” said a senior police officer.

The Delhi Police Commissioner had even announced a reward of Rs 50,000 after the murder.

First Published: Jul 23, 2010 23:30 IST