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A year on, police yet to solve murder of NLU Jodhpur student

Vikrant’s father, Colonel Jayant Kumar, had suspected foul play.

jaipur Updated: Aug 09, 2018 22:26 IST
Jaykishan Sharma
Jaykishan Sharma
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
National Law University student Vikrant Nagaich. (HT Photo)

A year after the death of National Law University (NLU) student, Vikrant Nagaich, the police are yet to come up with an answer in the case.

Vikrant was found dead in an open ground near the railway track on August 14, 2017, behind Laxmi Guesthouse in Jodhpur. The place is generally crowded by NLU students.

Initially, the Jodhpur police had registered a case under section 174 of CrPC. Section 174 of the Code of Criminal Procedure is a legal provision that deals with the procedure that the police need to follow in cases of suicide and unnatural death.

Later, Vikrant’s father, Colonel Jayant Kumar, an army officer, suspected foul play. He had written to state home minister Gulab Chand Kataria and senior police officials about it. After which in May this year, the crime branch ordered a probe into the death.

There was a twist to the case in June when the crime branch registered a case of murder against unknown persons under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code at the Mandor police station in Jodhpur.

“Earlier, a case was registered for suspicious death. Later, after the facts were presented by his (Vikrant’s) father, a case was registered under section 302,” said Mahendra Choudhary, IG Jaipur, crime branch.

At present, the case is being investigated by inspector Sunil Bishnoi. “There are many reasons for being suspicious, but according to the investigation we are yet to uncover any specific evidence. We are also deeply investigation a few points in this case but many things are still unclear.”

Sharing his inputs on the case, Colonel Jayant Kumar said, “It’s an uphill task for the investigating officer (IO) owing to the non-availability of a detailed examination report of the mobile phone from the forensic lab at Jaipur. Also, the IO would benefit if the video from the Laxmi Guest House CCTV DVR is provided to him.”

He also said that the statements given by the students need to be reviewed by the police.

According to the then investigating officer ACP Bhopal Singh Lakhawat, Vikrant had gone out to a restaurant with his friends at 7.30 pm on August 13 but did not return with them at 10 pm although he is supposed to have assured over a call at about 10:50 pm that he will return soon. It was the 21-year-old’s last communication. The next morning his body was discovered with some injury marks, near the railway tracks.

First Published: Aug 09, 2018 22:26 IST