Three men have been convicted by a Delhi court for abducting and murdering 28-year-old Jigisha Ghosh, an IT executive. The names of those accused are also linked with the murder of the young television journalist Soumya Vishwanathan, who was shot dead on September 30, 2008, a year before Jigisha’s murder in 2009. The motive for both the murders was suspected as robbery by the police.
Jigisha was dropped near her home (in CPWD colony, Vasant Vihar) by a taxi from the firm where she worked as an operations manager on the night of the event. In the time that she lingered outside to finish a call from her office, the three offenders Amit Shukla, Baljeet Malik and Ravi Kapoor approached her on the pretext of asking for an address and then pulled her inside their Santro. Her belongings were snatched, including her debit card, and the trio had forced her to divulge the PIN. They then proceeded to smother Jigisha and dump her body along with her bag and cell phoneson the Surajkund-Faridabad Road.
According to Jigisha’s parents, Sabita and Jagannath Ghosh, the police had initially refused to even file a missing person’s complaint believing that she had eloped. The FIR was only registered after the two approached the police commisioner.
The men were caught after they were recorded on security cameras withdrawing cash using Jigisha’s ATM card and buying shoes and watches in a South Delhi market. They revealed that not only had they killed Jigisha, but she was only third in a line of victims which included Viswanathan and one other.
One of the convicts had allegedly told interrogators that Jigisha had begged for her life to be spared because she was the sole care-giver for her elderly parents, whom she lived with. Jigisha’s parents have had a difficult time since the incident, including receiving a number of calls threatening them to withdraw the case and come to a compromise.
Jigisha’s mother is reported to have said yesterday, “No punishment can give justice to us and our daughter. But least we can wish for is life imprisonment for the killers”.
At present, one of the accused has had to be confined in a high security prison for giving trouble to the jail authorities. Amit Shukla was also caught making extortion calls to builders in Delhi and Mumbai from jail last year. Their cells have had to be changed every two months in the last few years.