Unable to hint the physique parts of a 40-year-old PhD scholar, Ankit Khokhar, who was strangled to loss of life earlier than being dismembered allegedly by his landlord Umesh Sharma in Modinagar on October 6, the Ghaziabad police has filed a charge-sheet within the case in opposition to prime suspect Sharma and his cousin Pravesh Sharma.
In line with police, Khokhar was murdered and his physique parts disposed of in Khatauli, close to the Jap Peripheral Expressway, and the Higher Ganga Canal in western Uttar Pradesh.
The incident got here to fore in December 2022 when a gaggle of Khokhar ’s pals began noticing his extended absence and approached the Ghaziabad police for assist. Khokhar’s landlord Umesh Sharma was arrested on December 14, 2022, and the police additionally arrested Sharma’s cousin Pravesh Sharma a few days later.
“On this connection now we have filed a charge-sheet in opposition to Umesh and Pravesh. The charge-sheet is filed for homicide, destruction of proof, theft and felony conspiracy. The physique parts have been not been recovered however now we have sufficient scientific evidences in type of blood stains present in Khokhar’s room, hair discovered within the automotive through which his physique parts had been disposed of, and so on,” mentioned Ravi Kumar, deputy commissioner of police (rural).
In line with police, Khokhar, who hailed from Baghpat district, was Umesh’s tenant for no less than six months earlier than he was murdered on October 6, 2022. He was the one surviving member of his household and had bought his parental property for ₹1 crore three months earlier than the homicide, police officers mentioned, including that this cash was the motive for the killing.
Khokhar’s father died in 2014 whereas his mom died of a stroke a 12 months later. His sister had died when she was simply 12 years previous, police mentioned.
No less than three months earlier than the homicide, Umesh took a mortgage of ₹40 lakh from Khokhar. After the homicide, Umesh withdrew ₹20 lakh utilizing Khokhar’s playing cards, investigators mentioned.
He later gave Khokhar’s ATM card to Pravesh, and requested him to withdraw more cash, police mentioned. Extra money was withdrawn from Khokhar’s account from ATMs in Haridwar, Rishikesh and Roorkee in Uttarakhand, police added.
After his arrest on December 14, Umesh informed police that he strangled Khokhar at his home in Modinagar, dismembered the physique into three items and dumped them at three totally different places after transporting them in a automotive which he borrowed from certainly one of his pals.
The DCP mentioned the DNA report on the samples collected from crime scenes is awaited.
“As soon as the reviews are obtained, we are going to file a supplementary charge-sheet. The principle charge-sheet was despatched to court docket on March 14. We’ve got sufficient digital proof of withdrawal of cash by Umesh as nicely,” the DCP mentioned additional.