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Three years after rape,murder; victim’s kin still awaiting justice

More than three years after the incident,the accused are yet to be identified by the Chandigarh Police.

With the Chandigarh Police Crime Branch receiving the forensics report in the 2010 murder case of Neha Ahlawat, the family of the deceased is still awaiting justice. More than three years after the incident,the accused are yet to be identified by the Chandigarh Police.

Sitting in a room and looking at a picture of Neha,framed on the wall,the mother of the 22-year-old expresses signs of helplessness at the family’s plight which only aggravates,with each passing day. Being a housewife has made it more difficult for the mother to distract herself from the traumatic incident.

With investigations into the case bringing forward more clues in identifying the accused,the family wants the case to be fast tracked. Speaking to Chandigarh Newsline,Kamlesh Ahlawat,mother of the deceased,said,“It has been more than three years and we are still awaiting justice. A major problem that is slowing down the investigations is the regular change of officers involved in solving the case. Whenever a new officer comes in,he has to read the case from scratch.”

“Fast tracking the case becomes necessary to avoid needless delay,” she added. The family,however,does not suspect anyone in the rape and murder of the 22-year-old girl. “We cannot really pinpoint at any person. However,there are loopholes in the investigation,” she said.

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The Crime Branch has recently received the forensics report from Central Forensics Science Laboratory (CFSL) after Neha’s clothes were sent to the laboratory for examination.

On the night of July 30,2010,Neha’s body was recovered from near a taxi stand in Sector 38. Neha was found in a semi-nude state,indicating that she might have been raped before being murdered. A student of a management college in Mohali,Neha was reported missing when she did not return home from her spoken English coaching class in Sector 15.