March 28, 2009 2:10:50 am
Combing old FIRs,the police have found four fresh criminal cases lodged against Ravi Kapoor,the prime accused in the murders of journalist Soumya Vishwanathan and BPO executive Jigisha Ghosh. This takes the number of cases against Kapoor to 21 the police say Delhi apart,the cases were lodged in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh as well.
A police source said,Ravi Kapoor recently broke into an ATM outlet in Masoodpur,South Delhi,and looted lakhs. He is also believed to be involved in a high-profile car-jacking incident in South Delhi.
Kapoor,who allegedly posed as a Special Cell officer,is also believed to be involved in two other criminal cases in the city.
The police had earlier found out that the gang,allegedly led by Kapoor,was involved in robbing an Imphal-based businessman on a lonely stretch near Subroto Park,close to where Vishwanathan was found shot in her car and Ghosh was abducted before she was robbed and murdered.
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The victim in the case had approached the police after the media reported registration number of the Santro car used in Ghoshs murder.
In another development,sources said the fifth member of the gang,who is on the run,possesses the Wagon-R car used in Vishwanathans murder. The car is yet to be traced.
Suspects say no to identification parade
Meanwhile,the three suspects in Jigisha Ghoshs murder,who were arrested on Tuesday,refused to participate in the test identification parade (TIP) today. Metropolitan Magistrate Veena Rani had ordered the TIP to be conducted in jail,to let salespersons (from outlets where the suspects allegedly shopped with Ghoshs credit card after killing her) and other witnesses,who saw them use her debit card in at least two ATMs,to identify them.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) H G S Dhaliwal said,Ravi Kapoor,Amit Kumar and Baljeet Malik refused to participate in the test identification parade. They were to be confronted with seven witnesses who had seen them after Jigisha Ghoshs murder. He said the suspects refusal is likely to go against them in court,adding that the trio was perhaps apprehensive that the witnesses would recognise them.
Asked whether the suspects pictures that appeared in the media would have influenced the TIP,Dhaliwal said,The accused took a long time shopping in Sarojini Nagar market,which made it easy for the independent witnesses to remember their faces. We will seek their custody in the Jigisha Ghosh murder case for 14 days,and then for another 14 days in the murder of Soumya Vishwanathan. We have cases against the accused in six different police stations and our case is watertight.
Vishwanathan was found dead last September.
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