The murder accused in police custody.
GHAZIABAD: Leena, a two-and-half year old Labrador with Ghaziabad police’s dog squad, was cynosure of all eyes on Thursday. With a brand new strap and a cushion, which was gifted to her by senior superintendent of police Kalanidhi Naithani, Leena was no less excited.
Leena rightly deserved all the applause and credit as she played a crucial role in solving what Ghaziabad police termed a blind murder case.
“Leena is an exceptional dog who joined our dog squad team nine months ago and it was only because of her that we managed to solve a blind murder case. She has been rewarded for her extraordinary feat with a strap and a cushion,” said Kalanidhi Naithani, SSP Ghaziabad.
On June 1, the body of a man, identified as Vivek, was found in a farmland in Masoori area. According to the police, Vivek, who worked with electricity department, was murdered a day ago and his body was dumped in the farmland.
“Vivek’s father had lodged a complaint with the police when his son did not returned on the night of 31 May. His phone was also switched off and a day later his body was found in a farmland in Masoori area, he was strangulated” said Naithani.
A team of police, accompanied by tracker dog Leena reached the crime scene.
“While we were inspecting the body, Leena was sniffing it. She suddenly barked in a particular direction and it was then her handler Anish unleashed her,” said Neeraj Kumar Jadaun, SP (rural).
“We followed her as Leena sprinted for about 2km through farmland and stopped at a closed school in Jhundpura area. She started scratching the closed doors of the school with her paw. It was enough for us to conclude that the school had some connection with the murder,” added Jadaun.
The Ghaziabad police then activated its network of informers and through active phone surveillance for ten days, it zeroed on three accused.
“The accused where history sheeters who have been identified as Mohsin, Adil and Salman. They were nabbed on Thursday morning near Kushlaiya culvert,” said Jadaun.
During the investigation, the accused confessed to the crime.
“Vivek on the night of May 31 was turning from work on his bike and his bike brushed past the bike of the accused. A confrontation ensued between them after which the accused snatched his mobile phone and tried to flee. But Vivek confronted them,” said Jadaun.
“This infuriated the accused who dragged him in the farmland and strangulated him before fleeing with his bike and mobile phone,” added Jadaun.
“We received a tip off that the accused lived in the vicinity of the school identified by Leena who frequented the school and were absconding since the day of murder,” said Jadaun. Their luck finally ran out and they were arrested on Thursday morning.