Two days after Delhi Police head constable Ajay Tomar robbed and killed businessman Amarjeet Singh Chadha in north Delhi’s Lahori Gate, the police have managed to uncover little about the man.
The picture that emerges is that of a Jekyll and Hyde figure — a man who did his job and was not controversial, but one who indulged in illegal activities and managed to keep them well hidden.
The 7th battalion, where Tomar was posted, shows he had a clean record. His colleagues don’t have much to complain about. The worst known about him was a fight with a junior and a leave taken without approval. No case of extortion was reported against him. At the same time, while committing the crime, Tomar was “carrying two illegal weapons and wore the uniform of a sub inspector, which suggests some involvement in illegal activities,” an officer said.
A raid at his Model Town house yielded 17 live cartridges, which he was not supposed to have.
“The bike Tomar used in the crime is probably stolen and had a UP registration number,” he said. Plus, the man used to take leave regularly. The police suspect he conducted his criminal activities either after completing his shift or while on leave.
“He was not on duty on Saturday night, when he went to Lahori Gate to rob the businessman,” the officer said.
Tomar was dismissed from service on Monday. He has been remanded in judicial custody for 14 days. “His health doesn’t allow him to be in police custody. We will ask for custody if needed,” said IB Rani, DCP (North). The Delhi Police have also declared a reward of R50,000 for Harinder Singh alias Sunny, whom Tomar shot while escaping.
“We are making sure Sunny gets the best treatment,” the officer added. In Khari Baoli, meanwhile, 5,000 shops were shut on Monday to protest against Chadha’s murder. “We will be staging protests in future if the killer roams free,’ said Vijay Prakash, a local trader.
Chadha, a trader of dry fruits, had participated in the recently-concluded anti-corruption movement spearheaded by activist Anna Hazare.
“My brother did a lot to help the poor and donated for Anna’s anti-graft movement, but when he needed the most no one came forward to help,” said Balbir, Chadha’s brother.