2009 Jigisha murder case: Three men held guilty

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New Delhi, July 14: After seven years, a Delhi court on Thursday held three men guilty of hacking IT executive Jigisha Ghosh to death in 2009.

New Delhi, July 14: After seven years, a Delhi court on Thursday held three men guilty of hacking IT executive Jigisha Ghosh to death in 2009.

Additional Sessions Judge Sandeep Yadav held Ravi Kapoor, Amit Shukla and Baljit Singh Malik guilty of kidnapping and killing 28-year-old Jigisha in March 2009. The trio were also accused for killing journalist Soumya Vishwanathan, who was shot dead on September 30, 2008 while she was going back to home in her car from office in the wee hours.

The prosecution cited 58 witnesses to support its case.

Hearing arguments on the quantum of sentence will be on August 20. The court also asked to file a report regarding the behavior of the three convicts during judicial custody.

“No punishment can give justice to us and our daughter. But least we can wish for is life imprisonment for the killers. She would have been 34 this year,” Jigisha’s mother Sabita said on Wednesday.

“I have developed neurological problems and Jigisha’s father, too, has not been keeping well ever since she was murdered. There isn’t a moment when we are not reminded of our daughter and how brutally she was killed,” Sabita said.

She added, “They could have asked us for money, if that is what they wanted. Not just money, they could have asked us for anything they wanted and we would have happily given it to them. Nothing was more precious than her life.”

“We had been receiving calls from unknown numbers for over a fortnight. The person at the other end shouted at us and asked about our whereabouts. All this only stopped earlier this week,” Sabita said.

Jigisha, who was working as operations manager in Hewitt Associate Pvt Ltd, was abducted and killed on March 18, 2009 after her office cab dropped her near her home in south Delhi’s Vasant Vihar around 4 a.m.

Shukla, Kapoor and Baljeet Malik had been drunk and looking for a target. Two of them had approached her on the pretext of asking for an address. She was then pulled inside their Santro and bundled up in the rear seat. Her belongings were snatched, including her debit card, and the trio had forced her to divulge the PIN.

They went to a State Bank of Patiala ATM in Mahipalpur and withdrew Rs 20,000. They then drove to Faridabad and smothered Jigisha on the way.

The body was dumped on Surajkund-Faridabad Road, and her bag and two cellphones were also thrown out. The culprits again withdrew Rs 5,000 from an SBI ATM in Saket. In the morning, the trio assembled again at Saket and went for shopping.

Delhi Police put its best efforts in chasing the murderers. A week later, DCP (south) H G S Dhaliwal announced a breakthrough. Trailing suspects in the murder of a transporter, inspector Atul Kumar’s team nabbed four men. The men admitted that they had killed Jigisha, but she was only their third victim. They had killed Vishwanathan first and Nadeem four months later on January 8, 2009.

Her body was recovered on March 20, 2009 from a place near Surajkund in Haryana.

Police said the three men were involved in the journalist’s murder and she was killed for robbery.

Wefornews Bureau

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