Case far from over,cops hunt for fifth suspect

The police on Wednesday said they have renewed efforts to hunt down the fifth suspect in the Jigisha Ghosh and Soumya Vishwanathan murders by forming special teams.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: March 26, 2009 1:58 am

Police suspect prime accused Ravi Kapoor involved in more crimes

The police on Wednesday said they have renewed efforts to hunt down the fifth suspect in the Jigisha Ghosh and Soumya Vishwanathan murders by forming special teams.

The police are also interrogating the truck driver on whose vehicle the accused disposed of one of Ghosh’s cellphones while heading for Faridabad on March 18. They had thrown away Ghosh’s other handset on the road; the police have recovered both sets.

A day after announcing that the same gang killed the two women,the police said the four arrested — Ravi Kapoor,Amit Kumar Shukla,Baljeet Singh (alias Poppy),and Ajay Kumar — would be interrogated further.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) H G S Dhaliwal said the police have reasons to believe prime accused Ravi Kapoor could be involved in more crime cases than the police suspect till now,and that bloodstains found on one of the daggers recovered from Kapoor’s Madangir house lend further credence to that suspicion.

The police claim Kapoor had shot journalist Soumya Vishwanathan while she was driving back home late September 29 night,and that he was also prime accused in the kidnap and murder of BPO manager Jigisha Ghosh on March 18. Both incidents took place on the same stretch of road in Vasant Vihar.

Dhaliwal today said besides the two murders and 12 auto theft cases,police have found Kapoor’s involvement in at least three other cases. He said the police are also trying to find the Wagon-R car the accused used when they shot Vishwanathan.

According to Dhaliwal,the police need more time to interrogate the suspects in detail,and would thus seek their police custody for 14 days.

Asked repeatedly by the media whether the police are certain that the pistol recovered from Ravi Kapoor was the one with which Vishwanathan was shot,Dhaliwal said,“We are sending the pistol and the bullet shell to the forensic laboratory — a lot depends on the report,” he said. 

Not parents,police got CCTV footage: DCP
DCP Dhaliwal denied reports published in The Hindustan Times on Wednesday that Jigisha Ghosh’s parents had retrieved CCTV footage of the suspects from a shop in Sarojini Nagar market where they made purchases with her credit card. “Her parents were in a state of complete shock for at least four days,” Dhaliwal said. “Since they have no close relatives here,our personnel were looking after them — they were not only consoling them but even cooked food for them at their house.”

He said Jagannath Ghosh might have gone to the shop but the police collected the CCTV footage.

About reports in some newspapers of Ravi Kapoor being a police informer,Dhaliwal said,“We are not aware of any such thing,though we don’t know about other districts.”

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