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Abducted lawyer’s body found

delhi Updated: Nov 26, 2011 00:34 IST
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New Delhi: The decomposed body of Rohit Ahlawat, the 28-year-old son of a senior advocate, was recovered from an isolated place in Sambhal near Amroha in Uttar Pradesh, four days after he disappeared mysteriously from outside his office near ITO.

Ahlawat, who worked as an assistant in the legal cell of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), had gone missing on Monday night. His father RR Ahlawat had received a call about his kidnapping and the kidnapper had demanded Rs 50 lakh for his release. A case of kidnapping for ransom was registered at IP Estate police station.

The Delhi Police have arrested two persons, including Ahlawat’s friend Anadil, in connection with the case. The accused first strangled Ahlawat and then shot a bullet into his body after withdrawing Rs 8,500 using his ATM card, police said. Anadil’s co-accused has been identified as Mohammad Alam. According to a police officer, the accused were of the impression that Ahlawat had over Rs 2 lakh in his account which they wanted to extract from him at any cost. This forced them to hatch a plan to call Ahlawat to Noida by luring him to a drinks party.

“As per the plan, Ahlawat was called to an unknown place in Noida where the duo physically assaulted him. They forced Ahlawat to reveal the pin number of his ATM card but could just withdraw Rs 8,500, as Ahlawat had only hat much money in his account,” said a senior police officer.

Afraid of the fact that Ahlawat might tell police about this and that they will be arrested, the duo strangled him in their car and dumped him at an isolated place in Sambhal, the officer said.

“To divert the attention of the police, the duo, using Ahlawat’s phone, made a call to his father and demanded a ransom of R50 lakh for his safe release. The two were apprehended with the help of the phone call details of Ahlawat’s phone that showed its location in Noida, Sambhal and in Alwar, Rajasthan,” the officer added.

Police tried to play down entire incident

The alleged lackadaisical approach of the police in handling a case of kidnapping for ransom seems to have resulted in the death of Rohit Ahlawat.

Despite the fact that ransom calls were made to Ahlawat’s father by his kidnappers, the police, allegedly treated it as a staged kidnapping until his body was recovered on Friday.

Despite his parents insistence a day after he went missing, the police allegedly treated the case as that of staged kidnapping simply because the location of his phone, which had been on surveillance after a case of abduction was finally registered, kept frequently changing.

“We had received a call from the victim’s mobile number informing us that he was walking along the Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg towards the Lok Nayak Hospital where a car stopped near him and four people were trying to drag him in the car,” the officer admitted.

However, there are allegations that no effort was made to trace him despite the call he had himself made to the police. Ahlawat’s parents identified his decomposed body, which is at a hospital mortuary in Moradabad, but could not be contacted despite several attempts.