The scriptwriter of popular comedian Kapil Sharma’s television show has been arrested by Uttar Pradesh police at his Mumbai home for murder, which he allegedly committed in 2009.
The 26-year-old Ram Abhishek Singh alias Kera Singh has been living under an alias — Rohit Singh — allegedly to evade the law for his role in a shooting over a property dispute in Azamgarh, his native place.
Kera, his father, and his uncle allegedly shot dead two people, and gravely wounded three, at a former village headman’s home in Azamgarh’s Mau Parashan village.
“He was only 19 then. A carbine, generally issued to security forces, was used in the murder,” said Arvind Chaturvedi, additional superintendent of police, the UP Special Task Force (STF), on Friday.
The fugitive was carrying a reward of Rs 30,000 on his head since then.
Kera’s father, Anil Singh alias Balianjar Singh, and uncle Manoj Singh were arrested, but the young man remained elusive.
He left Azamgarh after the double-murder and reached Mumbai in 2010, where he assumed a new identity and tried his luck at television studios and in Bollywood.
Kera succeeded in getting small acting roles, and found work as a scriptwriter in television shows.
“He acted in the Great Indian Family Drama comedy show on Sab TV. Thereafter, he did small roles in many television serials and gave auditions for Bollywood movies. Recently, he was associated with K9 Productions and was writing scripts for Kapil Sharma’s show,” Chaturvedi said.
Wealth followed his success in the entertainment industry, so much so that his family in Azamgarh could afford to shift to Allahabad after his father got bail. Kera got married too, taking as his wife a woman working with a multinational firm in Bangkok.
But his luck ran out when UP police came across information that he was living in Mumbai’s Andheri West area as a paying guest. An STF team reached there on Wednesday, and arrested him. The court allowed a transit remand, which enabled the STF to bring him to Up for trial.
The STF found a voter identity and PAN card in the name of Rohit Singh at his rented quarters.
Kera studied mass-communications in New Delhi, and holds an MBA degree as well, police said, quoting the suspected killer’s statement.