The conviction of four men for the gang rape and murder of 23-year-old medical student has brought a rare praise for the Delhi Police with the court observing that the investigation in the case was “professional and scientific”.
The Delhi Police lost no time in cashing on the court’s remarks, claiming that it solves almost 80 per cent of the rape cases within one week. Delhi police commissioner BS Bassi said lessons learnt during the investigation of this case would be “disseminated among all officers to make future investigations in similar cases fool proof”.
While pronouncing the judgment in the case, judge Yogesh Khanna praised the investigators saying, “It was thorough. The police should do similar work in other cases as well.” The court also observed that “professional acumen of Delhi police in the way they investigated the case and made use of scientific tools is much appreciated”.
A team of 100 policemen with eight core members cracked the case within 18 hours, collected evidence and filed a 1,000-page charge sheet in three weeks. DNA profiles of the accused were prepared through half-burnt clothes of the victim and articles seized from the bus, which included curtains, seat cover and bunch of hair.
Blood stains were also found on the clothes of the accused which matched with the victim’s blood. The police also collected dental evidence with bite marks on the victim’s body, which proved to be of Ram Singh and Akshay’s.
The core special investigation team which did not sleep for days during investigation of the case consisted of additional deputy commissioner of police PS Kushwaha, assistant commissioner Ramesh Chander, inspector Rajender Singh, inspector Anil Sharma (station house officer, Vasant Vihar0 inspector Atul Kumar (the then SHO, Malviya Nagar), Chhaya Sharma (now deputy inspector general of police in Mizoram who was the deputy commissioner of police of the area where the crime took place).
JCP (South Western Range) Vivek Gogia noted that there may be a significant increase in the number of cases of rape, molestation and eve teasing reported this year, but it is due to the awareness as well as special measures initiated by the police.
“Eighty per cent of the cases are solved within the first week of investigation due to which women now feel more empowered and encouraged to come forth and lodge complaints,” he said.
The police further said that “charge-sheet was so strong against the accused that even if all the 88 witnesses had turned hostile, the case against them would have stood the test”.