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Updated: May 27, 2013 11:34 IST

Relief for slain Dell employee’s father as CBI begins probe

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The family of Payal Surekha, a Dell employee, who was found murdered in her flat in J.P. Nagar here in December 2010, heaved a sigh of relief with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) searching the house of the main accused near Pattamundai in Orissa as it started investigation on Wednesday.

The CBI action follows a direction by the Supreme Court on March 15 after much legal battle. Payal Surekha was found murdered on December 17, 2010.

Though her husband Anant Narayan Mishra was initially suspected to be involved in the murder, the police arrested his friend James Kumar Ray whose house the investigating agency searched on Wednesday.

Recalling the ordeal, Payal Surekha’s father, Deen Dayal Surekha, said: “Despite my age, coupled with health problems, and after having lost a daughter, I underwent so much of physical and mental pain in visiting Bangalore from Assam at least 12 times, desperately hoping for justice for my daughter. When all efforts went in vain and having no other option, I was compelled to approach the Supreme Court.”

He said: “Though we have been telling the police that there was more than one person involved in my daughter’s murder, including my son-in-law, the police have failed to make any arrests. My son-in-law’s father is a retired deputy superintendent of police and his mother a retired superintendent of police. We have also pointed out that all three are involved in the murder.”

However, the police are reluctant in making arrests or interrogating them, and “we do not know on what basis they have been given a clean chit,” Mr. Deen Dayal Surekha said.

Charging the jurisdictional J.P. Nagar police with not adhering to instructions from their higher-ups, he said that the police filed a charge sheet despite the Commissioner of Police directing them for re-investigation.


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Sincerely hoping that atleast the culprits are brought before law by the
Police. May the efforts of her old father bring justice to her untimely
death. All the best Mr.Deen Dayal.

from:  Rejani
Posted on: May 28, 2013 at 10:00 IST

What could be motive of brutal murder of this lady,after marriage?Egoism may be only reason,since the daughter in law might not see eye to eye to her husband, father in law and mother in law or want of further dowry like convenient either promised or demanded.The girl look very simple and intelligent, and she ought to have known earlier the real motive of her killing so mercilessly ss NO ONE HAS RIGHT TO limit other"s life so cheaply.Even in this educative world, whether old customes are prevailing even now? which is unfortunate.How to put an end unless there is MOU before marriage and a singed BOnd on either side including non commital of suicide is a MUST.

from:  vaidya
Posted on: May 28, 2013 at 04:33 IST

The fact that the victim worked for Dell is not material to this case at all. So why even mention that she worked for Dell, and drag Dell into this mess (even in the headline) implying that working for Dell had something to do with this?

from:  K. Raghunathan
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 19:59 IST

If not for relief to this poor father, just to show that law is above
all these powerful people, I wish CBI will do a thorough inquiry.

from:  Kiran
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 16:45 IST

The parents must have received communication from their daughter
regarding the threats being faced by her. Then why they did not recall
her back, instead of giving in to the pressure from society and forcing
her to stay among those people? This is the tragedy of Indian society,
which feels it is better for a girl to die in her in-laws house than
live with her parents after marriage.
Now, though justice may reach her sooner or later, no amount of running
around, or investigations can bring her back to life.

from:  Rohit
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 14:19 IST
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