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Hope in tears: a tale of two families

85-D CPWD Colony,Vasant Vihar,and C-9/9068,Vasant Kunj. The two houses had an equally poignant air on Tuesday as the police claimed to have cracked the six-day-old case...

Written by Neeraj Chauhan | New Delhi |
March 25, 2009 12:32:17 am

85-D CPWD Colony,Vasant Vihar,and C-9/9068,Vasant Kunj. The two houses had an equally poignant air on Tuesday as the police claimed to have cracked the six-day-old case of the abduction and killing of Jigisha Ghosh and the six-month-old Soumya Vishwanathan murder case. Yet,there was a sense of relief — that the killers of their daughters had been caught.

Newsline visited the two families after the police gave out details of how the case was cracked on Tuesday afternoon.

C-9/9068,Vasant Kunj
M K Vishwanathan,father of the TV journalist Soumya Vishwanathan,sat glued in front of the television since morning. He knew the police were going to reveal the details,six months after his daughter was shot while driving back home from a night shift last September. “I am very happy today. I was sure from day one that the killers would be caught,” he said.

Then,with tears welling up in his eyes,Vishwanathan walked to the adjoining room. There was a a photograph of Soumya. “This is my daughter’s room,” he said gently.

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“I was present (at the police station) for almost three hours and the way they answered the policemen’s questions,everything was clear,” he said. “They wanted to rob my daughter — killing,probably,was not on their mind but they shot her.”

Vishwanathan said his elder daughter Subha,who lives in Vietnam with her husband,will arrive on Wednesday. He said Subha rang him up this morning to inform that Soumya’s killers had been caught. “She watched it on TV and asked me to go to the police station. That’s when I went and met the officers.”

85-D,CPWD Colony,Vasant Vihar
It was an emotional moment for Jigisha’s father Jagannath Ghosh,“satisfaction” negated by realisation. “I am satisfied the police have delivered justice so early but my daughter would not come back now.” Calling the city unsafe,especially for women,Ghosh said: “No corner of Delhi is safe anymore. This has happened to us but I hope nothing like this takes place with a working woman in Delhi.”

Money was withdrawn from SBI,not Union Bank
On Monday,the police said the accused withdrew money from a Union Bank of India ATM in Saket. The withdrawal was,however,made from a State Bank of India ATM in Pushpa Bhawan in the Ambedkar Nagar area. In the press conference on Tuesday,the police clarified that both transactions were made from SBI ATMs — State Bank of Patiala in Mahipalpur and State Bank of India in Pushpa Bhawan.

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