Tribune News Service
Hisar, October 9
In a dramatic turn of events, a trader who was stated to be a victim of loot and murder was arrested from Bilaspur town of Chhattisgarh by the Hansi Police on Friday.
Hansi SP said that they were investigating the matter and police were bringing the person identified as Ram Mehar from Chhattisgarh to Hisar.
Mehar, 48, a matriculate owned an industrial unit in Barwala town .
SP Lokender Singh said that when the police team along with forensic expert visited the spot of crime, the circumstantial evidence led the experts to doubt about the occurrence of the incident.
The SP revealed that the trader had secured term life insurance of Rs 1.10 crore from a private insurance firm and Rs 50 lakh LIC policy recently.
He said that further details were being gathered about the person who is on the way back from Bilaspur in custody of the police.
The SP said that Ram Mehar was tracked down after a trail of investigation. He said that no other person had been arrested till now.
On October 7, the police got information that a trader Ram Mehar was looted and burnt to death inside his car by two unidentified robbers on the Data-Gurana road near Mahjat village in the district.
The SP said that police had formed three teams after the scene of crime led to doubts and started investigation from different angles.
“The entire incident turned out to be fabricated. The person is still alive and was nabbed from Bilaspur. We managed to get the breakthrough after the initial probe provided crucial leads.”
The officer ruled out loot as motive of incident that occurred on night of October 6-7. He, however, refused to share more details and stated that they would reveal the mystery behind the incident later on.
Lokender Singh said that the police were investigating about the skeleton recovered from the car and were likely to extract information from Ram Mehar on his return.
Recalling the incident, the SP said that a relative who lodged the complaint about the incident had said that Ram Mehar was returning from Hisar to his native village when the incident occurred.
As per his family, the alleged victim called them on phone to inform about the loot and sought help.
He had withdrawn Rs 11 lakh from a bank and was carrying the cash with him in the car at the time of the incident, they added.
However, the officer said that the scene of crime indicated that there was no trace of any struggle.
The family though maintained that at 11.15 pm, Ram Mehar called up his nephew and sought help stating that he was being chased by two motorcycle-borne youth.
One of his relatives called the SHO of Hansi police station at 12.05 am. The SHO directed the Bhatla police Chowki personnel who reached the spot in five minutes (at 12.10 am). By then the car was up in flames.
The police registered a case under Sections 396, 201 of the IPC against unknown persons and started investigation.
The SP said that more details would be revealed by tomorrow.
When asked about any missing report he said that he would disclose some more details tomorrow.
The Hansi Sadar police station SHO denied about any missing report in the last 2-3 days.