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India's Burning Cases: Priyadarshini Mattoo murder case (Dial 100 Episode 701 on 29th, 30th Jan, 2018)

न्याय का दमन
Miscarriage Of Justice
Priyadarshini Mattoo,a 25-year-old law student, pursuing her LLB degree at Delhi University, was murdered. At the time of the tragedy, she was in her final year of law school. She was brutally raped, beaten with a motorcycle helmet, and strangled with a wire. The main suspect in her murder was Santosh Kumar Singh, who had been stalking and harassing the victim for a prolonged period. Santosh was a senior in the same college and belonged to a well-connected family. His father, J.P. Singh, served as the Inspector General of Police in J&K state and as the Joint Commissioner of Police in Delhi during the court trial.

Priyadarshini, a 25-year-old law (LLB) student at Delhi University, had reported Santosh Singh's harassment to the police multiple times and was granted security. Santosh's defense was that Priyadarshini was pursuing two degrees at the same time, but this turned out to be a false claim.

January 23, 1996:
Despite receiving police protection, Santosh continued to stalk Priyadarshini. He knew when she was alone and took advantage of this. On the day when her security guard was not present, he went to her uncle's home in Vasant Kunj, Delhi, where she was staying and convinced her to let him in to discuss a compromise regarding the case against him. Once inside, he violently assaulted and raped her, also strike her face using his helmet.

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Things to be observed on Priyadarshini's body were a number of the wound on her body, she was raped and was killed with an electric wire. The time she was killed, her parents were also not there at home and after coming back they told police about Santosh. Just in few hours of murder police called Santosh Singh for questioning. During questioning, police observed an injury on Santosh's right palm. He told police that he met with an accident on 14th January and got injured. Police went for his medical examination and found that his injury is new.

The next day there was a sensation in the media over the nation. Delhi was going through chaos. Delhi police were under high pressure in this case. They raided Santosh's house where they found his helmet whose visor was broken. Observing the high influence of Santosh's father, the case was handed over to CBI in just 48 hours. CBI overtook all the shreds of evidence collected by the Delhi police and took Santosh's blood sample also. Later they matched sample found on Priyadarshini's undergarments with Santosh's DNA which was matched. In other pieces of evidence police also met with Priyadarshini's two neighbors who saw her outside her house on murder's day.
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Part 1: Miscarriage Of Justice: Crime Patrol Dial 100 Part 1
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