Dharamshala: Himachal Pradesh Police has opened investigation again into the of the murder of a British charity worker Michael Blakey in Dharamsala. Blakey was murdered in November 2006 and his body was found in an old British cemetery below a pile of rocks.
The police has again started questioning people who were known to Blakey and associated with him during his stay in Dharamsala. More than 15 people were questioned last week.
The police is trying to lay hands upon evidence, if any, against the prime suspect Pawan Bhardwaj.
Police suspect the involvement of Bhardwaj, the husband of Blakey’s colleague Rachel Owen, in the murder.
He was arrested a few days after the murder and questioned for several days but was later released without charge. He then migrated to Scotland along with his wife.
Police suspects Bhardwaj was jealous of his wife’s friendship with Blakey or Blakey might have uncovered some financial bungling in the charity perhaps involving Bhardwaj.
Another police official, associated with the probe, said the investigation at the time of crime was poor.
Sources say the investigation was weak as no substantial evidence was gathered from the crime scene which could have given clues to solve the mystery. The police has not able to establish the intention of the accused behind the crime.
Blakey visited Dharamshala in 2004 and formed the Tong-Len charity with a friend.
In July last year Britain requested Indian authorities to help trace the killer.
Both the post-mortem reports, one conducted here and the second in Britain, cited the same reasons for the death as extensive head injuries and strangulation.
Additional Director General of Police I.D. Bhandari, who is visiting Britain this week to attend a training programme said Bhardwaj is still a suspect in the crime.
The Briton went missing on November 26, 2006 from the monastery where he was staying. His body was found in the graveyard two days after his disappearance.