A week later, police still clueless about woman journalist’s murder

October 6th, 2008 - 9:07 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 6 (IANS) It’s been a week since TV journalist Saumya Vishwanathan was gunned down in her car while returning to her south Delhi home early in the morning, but Delhi Police are still groping in dark about those behind the crime.Vishwanathan, working with the Headlines Today news channel, was found dead in her white Maruti Suzuki Zen car on the Nelson Mandela Road in Vasant Kunj area around 3.30 a.m. Tuesday. The 26-year-old was returning from work to her home in Sector-C of Vasant Kunj.

The police have already ruled out robbery and road rage as the motive.

“We still don’t have any breakthrough in the case. But we have adopted a three-pronged approach to solve the case,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South Delhi) H.G.S. Dhaliwal. He, however, did not give details of the approach.

The police said they were largely banking on forensic reports and eyewitnesses who stopped by at the accident site and called the police control room. “But no one has approached yet who saw the accident happening,” Dhaliwal told reporters.

According to police, Vishwanathan left her Jhandewalan office at 3.03 a.m. and called up her father M.K. Vishwanathan around 3.15 a.m. It was a short duration call and she apparently told her father that she would reach home in a few minutes.

Apparently Saumya then drove her car some distance before she met with an accident around 3.35 a.m.

Initially, police had believed it was a case of accident.

An employee of Punjabi By Nature, an eatery, who was returning home on his cycle saw around 3.45 a.m. that a woman was lying in the car and its headlights and ignition were on.

He stopped one or two vehicles and the people gathered there called the Police Control Room. A police vehicle rushed her to the Trauma Centre of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where doctors pronounced her dead around 4.10 a.m.

The police said they were still unclear about the crime sequence. An analysis of call details of the victim’s mobile phone too has not yielded any results.

“We have not been able to reconstruct the crime scene. Some forensic reports are still awaited. We are interrogating people but not a single suspect has emerged yet,” said a senior police official involved in the investigation.

“We are planning to launch investigation from a fresh angle and hope to crack the case,” the official added.

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