An Indian Air Force personnel who appeared to have been killed in a road accident in December last year was actually stoned to death by a distance relative and his associate. Police said the victim was killed for objecting to one of the suspect’s regular visits to his home in a bid to get close to his wife.
The victim Arun’s body was found in Dwarka’s Sector 14 on December 28. He was identified from his voter ID card recovered from his pocket. Though it appeared to be a motor accident death, no vehicle or eyewitnesses were found at the spot.
“But the body bore severe injuries apart from those apparently caused by a vehicle. That arouse suspicion of foul play and the case was probed from a murder angle,” said police on Sunday.
During investigations, police learnt that one Brahm Prakash, 28, would often try to get close to the victim’s wife. Arun would object to Prakash’s regular visits to his home and had even approached police over this issue in the past.
Police raided Prakash’s home but found him absconding. That strengthened police’s suspicions and surveillance was launched against him.
Prakash and his associate Khajan Singh, 30, were arrested from Vikas Nagar on Friday following a tip-off. Police said the two have confessed to their crime.
Prakash lives in Vikas Nagar with his family and owns a van for transporting schoolchildren.
He was a frequent visitor to Arun’s home to meet his wife who happened to be his maternal uncle’s daughter.
When Prakash realised that Arun was a hindrance in his attempts to get close to the victim’s wife, he allegedly hatched a plan to eliminate him. He drew his friend Khajan Singh into the plan and called Arun to meet him in Dwarka Sector 23.
“Arun got into Prakash’s van and was offered liquor. When Arun was drunk, the two of them assaulted him with stones. They then laid him on the road and ran over him with their van to ensure he died,” said police.