Truck conductor’s murder solved, cousin brother held

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, June 6: Police arrested a person for murdering his cousin over a land dispute some nine months back.
A police spokesman said that, Vijay Kumar Sharma alias Sukhi, son of Kaku Ram Sharma of Barui, tehsil Akhnoor went missing from his residence on the night of August 28, 2013.
He stated that Vijay Kumar, who was a conductor operating with a truck in Guwahati, Assam, had returned to his native village Barui last year to celebrate Janam Ashtami festival on August 28, 2013.
On the intervening night of August 28 and 29, he left his home informing his mother Simro Devi that he is going to village Devnagar-Nardi to see one of his relatives Kewal Sharma alias Sanjay Dutt, son of late Mohan Lal Sharma of village Devnagar Nardi, tehsil Akhnoor, whom he owed some money.
The next day morning, Simro Devi along with others looked out for his son in the vicinity but he could not be traced. Kewal Sharma on being asked told Simro Devi and others in the village that Vijay Kumar had come along with an Assamese girl late in the evening, got his money and left back.
Convinced by this, Simro Devi and the villagers did not report the matter to the police and kept quite. However, with no news of his son’s whereabouts pouring in, she finally lodged missing report at police station on May 14.
During the enquiry, it came to fore that Vijay Kumar Sharma had an old enmity with Kewal Sharma, who happened to be his cousin brother, over the sale of a piece of land measuring 3 Kanals at Barui which Kewal Sharma had purchased from him (deceased) but had not made the full payment of Rs 1.2 lakh.
On the fateful night of August 28 and 29, Vijay Kumar went to the house of Kewal Sharma to seek his balance amount where both of them had heated arguments followed by a scuffle during which Kewal Sharma hit Vijay Kumar with a Big stone leading to the death of latter.
The accused then removed the dead body from the spot and concealed it in his fields under weeds and bushes and later threw it into river Chenab near Tung by hiring a vehicle.
A case under FIR number 109/14 under Sections 302 and 201 RPC stands registered at Akhnoor police station in this regard.
The case has been worked out by Inspector Bharat Sharma under the supervision of Farooq Qaiser, SDPO Akhnoor, SSP Jammu Atul Goel and SP Rural Mohan Lal Kaith.

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