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Another parent seeks justice

The Jessica Lall and the Priyadarshini Mattoo cases are having a ripple effect, reports Tushar Srivastava.

india Updated: Mar 27, 2006 03:33 IST

The Jessica Lall and the Priyadarshini Mattoo cases are having a ripple effect. Now, Anju Ilyasi’s mother is asking for a fresh investigation into the six-year-old case.

Anju, wife of India’s Most Wanted anchor Suhaib Ilyasi, died of stab wounds on January 11, 2000, at their residence in Patparganj, Delhi. Suhaib, who was with his wife at the time of the incident, said she had committed suicide. Anju’s family maintained that it was a case of murder, not suicide.

Suhaib was arrested after Anju’s mother Rukama Singh filed complaints of threat and harassment against him. He is facing trial under sections pertaining to dowry harassment.

Rukama has now written to the DCP (East), saying the police ignored crucial evidence in the case and a fresh investigation is required. She lists a series of “anomalies”.

According to her, one of the doctors who conducted the autopsy had said it was “homicide”. Rukama said the inquiry report had reached its conclusion merely on the basis of the postmortem report, which itself was contradictory.

In her letter to the DCP, she wrote, “The outcry over the Jessica case has brought to light the misuse of power by the rich. I’m also a victim of such nexus due to which the murder of my daughter has been converted into suicide. I hope you take up the matter just as it happened in the Jessica and Priyadarshini Mattoo cases.”

A bed sheet, which had been found in Anju's belongings, had bloodstains. She complained that though it had been brought to the notice of the police officers, they asked her "to produce it in court as the investigation had already been completed''.

Demanding that the sheet be sent for chemical analysis, Rukama said the presence of blood was in direct contradiction to Suhaib's statement to the SDM that blood had not oozed out of Anju's wounds. Rukama said the stained sheet also "indicates that Anju was stabbed on the bed, and not at the door as stated by Suhaib".

She also said there was blood in the bathroom, which looks like "an attempt to destroy evidence". Finally, she wondered why Anju's fingerprints were not found on the knife. "This clearly shows that after the incident fingerprints were removed from the knife,'' her letter read.

Anju's clothes too did not have any cut marks, Rukama said, despite the claim that she had stabbed herself. The deep wounds, however, could not have been made by a girl, she added.

Rukama also drew attention to Suhaib's statement to the SDM that he had snatched the revolver from Anju and threw the bullets and the gun separately. However, according to the seizure memo, the revolver was found loaded in the cupboard.

First Published: Mar 27, 2006 03:33 IST