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Shobhit murder: 1 year, no headway

Delhi Police has no headway in the murder case of 20-year-old engineering student, Shobhit Modi, who was stabbed to death on 5 May 2011 near his residence in Vasant Kunj area of South Delhi.

The investigation was transferred to Crime Branch, but still the killers are at large.

Initially, the investigating officers were of the view that it was the handiwork of some ragpickers or vagabonds in a bid to get some money from Shobhit. But the direction of investigation kept changing over time. Friends and relatives were questioned as well, but nothing concrete could come out. A reward of Rs one lakh for information leading to the murderer was also announced some time ago.

Police questioned almost all history sheeters and ragpickers around the area, but saw no substantial development in investigation. Further, Delhi Police profiled more than 7,500 people in connection with the murder case, including 1,200 auto drivers and 1,400 employees of the DLF Mall, where he was last seen.

Shobhit, an engineering student in Manav Rachna International University, was found with four stab wounds one on his chest, one in abdomen and two in the back near his residence in Vasant Kunj C-block.

His father rushed him to the hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead upon arrival.

According to some officials, at initial stage of the investigation, the police were positive about nabbing the murderer, but the sudden involvement of victim’s family members and their ‘rigid attitude’ hampered the probe.

‘The family members pointed fingers at all of his friends from time to time and alleged police negligence in handling the case,’ said the officer. Now, a team of crime branch is looking into the case.

Ashok Chand, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, Crime, said, 'Crime Branch is making all possible efforts to make a headway in the case.'
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