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Police hit blind wall in crime trail
Five deaths bug cops

Five high-profile murders that rocked the capital this year are turning out to be the Achilles heel for the police who claim most of the cases of 2012 have been cracked.

At least five cases among several incidents that had sent shockwaves through the city are wrapped in mystery even as the year comes to a close.

One among them is the murder of 48-year-old Neelam Sharma, the principal of Rajiv Nagar-based Ankur Public School, on July 20.

The woman, whose husband Sanjay Kumar runs the senior section of the school in Digha, was hand-tied in one of the rooms of the school-cum-residence. She was then badly beaten up by criminals.

A few workers of the school found the woman profusely bleeding. She was immediately rushed to a private hospital where she was declared dead.

“The case is being investigated. We had requested the husband to go through a polygraph test but he refused. We are working on the case,” a police officer told The Telegraph.

Less than a month after Neelam’s case sent shockwaves in the city, Krishna Singh (50), wife of Shyam Nandan Prasad, a retired chief engineer of the Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB) was found murdered at her residence at PC Colony in Kankerbagh.

“The woman was alone in the house when the incident occurred around 1pm. Her husband and daughter were out. It would take some time to crack the case. We are not sitting idle. There would be a breakthrough soon,” a police officer at Kankerbagh police station said, without sharing much details of the case.

Another high-profile murder, which, it seems, the cops don’t want to talk about is the murder of middle-aged Prem Singh, a liquor trader. The cops have termed it a “blind case”.

Singh was found “murdered” on May 9, just two days after Saket Gupta, another liquor trader and arch-rival of Singh, was killed. While the Gupta murder case was solved at jet-speed, Singh, who was one of the accused in the FIR, was found dead near the railway tracks in Kumhrar. Initial probe revealed that Singh, a resident of Patna City, was called by someone on May 9 evening.

“We are yet to get strong leads in the case. This has turned out to be a blind case without a breakthrough,” a senior police officer said.

The police are also struggling with the recent murder of a middle-aged woman, Shailbala Sharan, who was killed at her residence in Jakkanpur.

Sharan was a retired schoolteacher and the mother-in-law of a police officer.

When enquired about the case, an officer at Jakkanpur police station said: “Some cases need time for investigation. We cannot arrive at a conclusion just to close the case.”

The fifth case, which is still a bother for the cops, is the murder of a middle-aged woman and one of her relatives at their residence.

“The incident occurred on November 19 when Roopi Devi, the wife of a senior accountant with the accountant-general’s office, and a relative of her were shot dead. An FIR has been lodged at the Gardanibagh police station and investigation is still on,” an officer at Gardanibagh police station said.