In a shocking incident, the husband of a district panchayat member forced a man to consume poison, following a minor argument with him in the Dhaulana area of Ghaziabad.
Sahil Khan, 24, was poisoned by Yudhvir Singh, the husband of district panchayat member Neetu Singh. The reason: Khan did not give way to Singh's car on November 20, police said.
Investigations by the Ghaziabad police into the murder of Khan, a dish TV technician, revealed that Singh, who has around 31 criminal cases registered against him (for murders, dacoity, extortion and also under the Arms Act), poisoned Khan on the night of November 20 inside his Tata Safari.
"Yudhvir Singh was travelling along with six other people in his silver Tata Safari when a Wagon-R car, driven by Khan, did not give way to them. Enraged, Singh cornered Khan's car, picked up Khan and his colleague Nitin Kumar, 20, and made Khan consume poison at gun-point," senior superintendent of police (SSP) Raghubir Lal said.
Police said before being dragged into Singh's car, Khan and Kumar were mercilessly beaten up and also asked to slap each other. Later, the two men were thrown out of the car and asked to run for their lives.
"While we were trying to escape, Khan complained of giddiness and fainted. He later died," Kumar said.
On Thursday, police nabbed Om Prakash, an accused in the incident, who was present along with Singh at the time of the incident. Prakash revealed that the tablets contained poison.
"Singh was annoyed when the two men did not give way to his vehicle. He was drunk and asked Khan to consume the tablets containing poison at gunpoint," said Om Prakash.
SSP Lal said Singh was trying to evade arrest in the case through his influential contacts in Lucknow.
"He is aspiring for a political career and was also instrumental in his wife's election during the recently concluded Panchayat polls," Lal added.