Autopsy report deepens mystery around Delhi cop’s deathMarch 26th, 2008 - 6:59 pm ICT by admin
Gurgaon, March 26 (IANS) A post-mortem analysis that suggests Delhi Police sharpshooter Rajbir Singh was neither murdered with the revolver found at the spot nor shot from behind has deepened the mystery surrounding his death and has pointed a finger towards a nexus between the police, builders and the underworld. For starters the autopsy report of slain Assistant Commissioner of Police Singh has raised several disturbing questions and punctured close friend Vijay Bharadwaj’s admission that he killed Singh in cold blood.
In his statement to the police, Bharadwaj said he walked up behind Singh and fired three shots at point blank range with a .32 bore revolver, giving his victim no chance to react.
However, the post-mortem examination reveals something quite different. Singh was neither killed with a .32 bore weapon nor from bullet shots from behind - thus contradicting the confessional statement of Bharadwaj.
“The autopsy report suggests that Singh was not fired at from the weapon seized from the crime scene. It is a gun of a different calibre,” a well-placed police source told IANS.
A team of doctors headed by S.K. Sharma and Ram Pal during the post-mortem analysis found that Singh died instantly after being hit by two bullets in the head.
“One of the bullets pierced right through his head and it was likely to have been fired from the front as the victim’s forehead had a small clear-cut hole while the back had a large hole,” Sharma said.
The police are also looking at the possibility of other people being present during the crime.
After the post-mortem examination, police officials investigating the matter have found many contradictions in Bhardwaj’s confessional statement.
The cops now suspect there were more people in Bhardwaj’s office and he could be taking on the blame to save some influential people.
“We are interrogating him closely as there are distortions to the exact sequence of events that played out Monday evening,” said a police official, who is part of the investigating team.
Police officials strongly suspect it was a well-designed conspiracy to kill Singh, who enjoyed Z-plus security following threats from crime syndicates and terror outfits.
Singh, dubbed the ace sharpshooter of Delhi Police, was allegedly gunned down by real estate agent and close friend Vijay Bhardwaj late Monday at the latter’s tiny office on the Mehrauli-Gurgaon road following a row over money.
Bhardwaj himself called up the police and said he had shot Singh from a revolver the police official himself had given to him Friday for his personal security. He said his servant had asked the two security men accompanying Singh to go out on some pretext.
“It can be estimated that a bullet that entered his forehead and came out of the back resulted in Singh’s instant death,” the police officer said. “The other bullet grazed the left temple above the ear but did not cause much damage.”
The real estate agent had claimed he killed Singh between 9.15 and 9.30 p.m. when there was no electricity in his office due to a power cut.
Bhardwaj said he left his seat on the pretext of switching on the electricity inverter.
“Our investigations suggest that there was no power cut at the time of the murder. Bhardwaj’s statement is self-contradictory,” said a senior police official.
The cops are now verifying Bhardwaj’s statement in which he had claimed that only he and Singh were present in the office at the time of the murder.
But the investigators found 4-5 glasses of liquor in the room.
Police officials now suspect that Bhardwaj had killed his friend of 20 years in connivance with some other builders who were apparently being blackmailed by Singh.
The buzz in police circles hinted at involvement of the underworld in connivance with a prominent city builder as well, who had reportedly given Bhardwaj a huge amount of money so that he took the rap for Singh’s murder.
It is believed that Bhardwaj owed millions of rupees to many people apart from Singh. But no one dared to put pressure on him due to his close ties with Singh, who lived by the gun and died by the gun.