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Fake Facebook profile case: Kin of dead girl says cops delaying probe

Monday, 9 June 2014 - 2:35am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Nearly three months after the parents of Sanam Hassan, who died under mysterious circumstances in Pune in 2012, filed a complaint in Versova police station regarding offensive posts on her Facebook page and a fake profile, the cops are yet to make any headway in the case.

The parents recently met Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria, who has assured that he would inquire about the delay into the probe.

Sanam's family had learnt in March that two people, John Abraham and Vidhi Sevak, had wrote 20-25 abusive posts, including "Sanam mar gayi accha hua…" and "agar raat bhar bahar party karney ko allow karenge to aisa hi hoga", on her Facebook page. They also reported about one Retuja Kulkarni's account that carried Sanam's photo.

According the Sanam's mother Nagina, Facebook had refused to provide details of the two accounts to the cyber crime cell, while the third account was traced to a Pune resident. She said, "The account is still active but the police are not making any headway in arresting the suspect."

Andheri resident Nagina said the police initially attributed the delay to workload due to the Lok Sabha elections. She said, "But now they are giving only excuses. I visited the police station on several occasions but they are not entertaining me. They have even stopped taking my call."

Rakesh Deshmukh, investigating officer, said that they were awaiting a report from the cyber crime cell. "We will proceed further once we have the report."

Sanam, a second-year fashion designing student of Symbiosis College in Pune was found dead October 3, 2012 hours after her 19th birthday celebrations with friends. The Mumbai girl was also working part-time at a Pune boutique.

The post-mortem report suggested that Sanam died of alcohol intoxication with ischemic heart disease. While Pune police arrested the boutique manager, the family has approached to the court for a CBI probe, citing a shoddy probe.

For instance, Nagina says, the Kalina forensic lab had initially stated that they had analysed a male heart, but later termed it as a human error. Similarly, their report said Sanam's vaginal swab had shown presence of semen of two persons. Again, lab officials described as a technical error later, she said, adding that outside people had visited the party venue and rape her daughter.

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