Murdered Delhi student’s family seeks CBI probe

July 18th, 2011 - 8:58 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) The family of 20-year-old Delhi student Shobhit Modi, stabbed to death close to his home in south Delhi May 5, Monday moved the Delhi High Court Monday seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry in the case.

In its petition, Shobhit’s family lashed out at Delhi Police for what they called inefficient and tardy probe, alleging that they were shielding the culprits.

Modi, a second year Information Technology student at Manav Rachna University in Faridabad and an alumnus of Delhi Public School in R.K. Puram, was stabbed to death near his home in Vasant Kunj’s C-block around 10 p.m. May 5.

He had four stab wounds, one on the chest, one in the abdomen and two in the back. His father rushed him to a hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead.

“Every time we contact police, they come up with 10 new theories. They say it was a robbery case. But when nothing was missing, how can robbery be the motive? We want the murder case to be transferred to the CBI,” said Suraj Modi, Shobhit’s father.

He claimed that he hinted at the role of a friend’s father and went to the extent of calling Shobhit “a victim of honour”.

“Police have questioned several people but the probe has been inconclusive,” said the general manager at Minerals and Metals Trading Corporation of India Ltd. (MMTC).

“The culprits are going scot free and police seem to be protecting somebody,” Shobhit’s father told IANS.

Police have so far questioned over 300 people, including Shobhit’s friends, classmates, neighbours, local criminals and autorickshaw drivers.

Shobhit’s father also wrote to the city police commissioner to expedite the probe.

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