CHANDAN PRAKASH SINGH
New Delhi, 15 December
The police personnel who were tasked to crack the 16 December gruesome gang-rape cum murder case of a 23-year-old paramedical student in a moving bus in south Delhi, seem satisfied with the pace and quality of investigation and hope to witness the same instinct in other cases too.
While talking to ‘The Statesman’, some of the senior police officers gave credit to the collective task of the law enforcement agency and judiciary and also to the brave girl who fought with the animals like perpetrators alone in the vehicle, for solving the case.
Mr Anil Kumar, Station House Officer, Vasant Vihar police station, who was among the investigating sleuths which was active round the clock from its outset, said that the police played a historic role to collect evidence and giving reasonable end to the incident. Filing chargesheet by the first week of January 2013 was also a milestone for the police department.
"Within a short period of time spanning less than one year, the accused have been held guilty by the fast track court which indicates that justice would be served on time," said Mr Kumar.
Mr Kumar asserts that the issue related to the juvenile accused did not play any role to delay the case as they successfully set an example by proving him guilty before the juvenile justice board.
"Initially, we had to face several hurdles on several occasions like technical surveillance, examination of the witness, recovery of evidences, scientific examination, telecommunication and orthodontic test but finally, everything came on track and went in the right direction under the close supervision of top brasses of police department," said Mr Kumar.
"It was a tough time to question more than 82 witnesses. It was the fist criminal case ever in India in which police used the orthodontic test report as evidence. For this, cops had to consult several top brass doctors of the country," said another investigation official.
As the fast track trial court has already held the accused guilty and the quantum of punishment has come, the ball is now in the high court, which would decide their fate. However, it is almost unlikely that their punishment would be commuted.
The police personnel who probed the case are also eagerly waiting for the court’s decision as they are sure that they would win the case in the High Court. Even if the accused knock the door of apex court and then approach the President of India, they would be hanged within one year. As like all other criminals serving death penalty, the accused would surely file a mercy petition before the President of India.
The officers also said that nothing would be accepted less than a death penalty. Rigorous imprisonment for life would not serve justice to the victim.