The Inside Story
GURGAON: In a country where hit-and-run cases are quite common and the culprits get away easily, a top banker (the victim's brother), with some help from Gurgaon Police, managed to nab one of the accused. They had only a small piece of evidence – a piece of broken glass from the headlight of a Bajaj bike found at the accident spot – but managed to track down three accused and the bike. One of them has been arrested and sent to jail.

After techie Munish Dutta's body was found lying in a pit filled with water on Badshahpur Road in Sector-47 on July 12 - two days after he was killed - the police recorded it as a hit-and-run case. His brother, Rajnish Dutta, president of a major private bank, then took it on himself to solve the case. "I saw the broken glass pieces at the site. It had a number and also 'Bajaj' written on it. I told cops to collect that evidence," Rajnish said.

Then he went to Haridwar to perform the last rites. After returning, he went back to the site and visited the nearby areas to find out whether anyone was aware of a late-evening accident at that spot. Rajnish met a woman in Sector-47 who told him that a taxi driver was mentioning some accident involving a bike. The driver had seen the accident when he was ferrying a passenger from IGI airport.

"Getting this lead from her, I traced the cab agency and the driver. Taking his help, I managed to talk to the passenger, who lives in the same colony where Munish lived. Both confirmed that the accident had taken place at 7.45pm. Munish used to cross this spot around that time while returning from work," Rajnish said. The witness told him a bike was involved in the accident and people had gathered at the spot.

Rajnish then spoke to a local petrol pump owner and construction material dealers and found people who had taken the bike riders to a local hospital. "One of the locals told me three men had been injured in this accident, but one of them had fled from the spot. I came to know that an ambulance had been called to the spot and that the call had been made from the police control room. I recorded all these statements in my mobile phone. Finally, we reached a private hospital where the injured were brought by an autorickshaw driver," the banker said.

Rajnish then did some more spadework by speaking to different people in Sector-47 and got to know that three men, allegedly drunk, were on the bike that evening. He took up the case with joint commissioner of police Alok Mittal, who put a cop with the cybercrime cell, Jasbir Singh, on the job. "When he came to me, he had enough information and had done a lot of homework. We worked on his information and the case was cracked," Mittal admitted.

The two then traced the main accused, Sanjay Kumar, to Mahua in Jhansi district. Rajnish spoke to top cops of Bundelkhand and Chitrakoot and Gurgaon police arrested Sanjay. He was sent to judicial custody on Wednesday.

"I am sure the other two others will also be arrested. I have told the cops that the accused should be booked in a hit-and-run case and for causing death due to negligent driving besides destroying evidence. They could have called the police or an ambulance and my brother could have been saved," said Rajnish.

He said that while people like him with a sound financial background and resources may be able to crack such a case, the police might be closing several such cases after little investigation. "If I could do it, why can't the police with their huge manpower do it?" he asked.

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