From not conducting a DNA examination to misidentifying ligature marks — the Delhi Police Crime Branch has found serious lapses on part of the local police, which had investigated the murder of a woman and a man in Rohini on February 2.
The Kanjhawala police station had arrested the woman’s husband and his friend in connection with the double murder, and had claimed “jealousy” as the motive. The Crime Branch chargesheet, however, pokes holes in this theory, stating that the murders were committed by “three-four” local criminals, who had gangraped the woman before killing the duo. The Crime Branch also said the disclosures made by the criminals led them to the victim’s phone.
The 18-page chargesheet, prepared by the anti-human trafficking unit of the Crime Branch, states that the accused, Jasbir Dabas alias Jassu, Devender Kumar alias Bablu, and Manjeet — affiliated to the Rajesh Bawania gang — found the duo in a field and allegedly raped the 38-year-old woman in front of the 23-year-old man, before strangling the duo with the help of two associates, Vikas alias Jaila and Mohit.
Local police had, while arresting her husband and his associate, claimed that he wanted to teach her a lesson for allegedly having an affair. According to the Crime Branch chargesheet, local police had claimed to have recovered a wire as the murder weapon. But Crime Branch officers said a belt they had recovered was the murder weapon.
Crime Branch officers also conducted forensic examination of the criminals, and found Jasbir and Devender’s semen on the victim’s vaginal swab and clothes. The chargesheet further states: “The head of the AIIMS forensic department formed a board for re-opinion. They said the ligature mark was encircling the neck, which is seen in cases of homicidal strangulation. The width of the ligature was 1.5 cm which is corresponding to the pressure abrasion by compression of neck by a belt, and could not to be produced due to a wire having a smaller diameter.”
Following the murders that made headlines at the time, local police had claimed that the woman’s husband found a photo of her with the other victim, and murdered them over the affair. Police had claimed the husband and an associate “disposed of the bodies in two different locations”.
As questions started to emerge over the probe, police chief Amulya Patnaik had suspended the investigation officer and sent the area SHO to district lines as punishment.