Chandra Mohan Sharma, the RTI activist and Aam Aadmi Party member whose burnt body was recovered from his car in Greater Noida three months ago, is now suspected of having staged his death.
The Noida Police have sent teams to Karnataka and Nepal and its bordering areas after reports of the 38-year-old being spotted there, SSP Preetinder Singh said. Sharma is also suspected to be living with a woman, his wife said.
“We are still in the process of verifying the input of him being alive. We have not made any arrests yet,” the SSP added.
But the activist’s wife, Savita Sharma, said the police had unofficially confirmed the tip-off was true. She, too, said she believed Sharma had faked his death.
The mystery deepens with the police also looking afresh into the identity of the burnt body in the car. They had sent it for DNA testing right after the incident but are still waiting for the results.
Savita Sharma said the police had put a trace on her husband’s mobile phone and found vital leads to his whereabouts. “There was a young woman in our locality who was in touch with my husband. She used to contact him on his private number, which was known to only a few people. After a month of his death she also went missing,” Savita said.
“From the call logs, the police traced their movements to Karnataka. I believe he is alive and if he is caught, he should be hanged. Those who helped him should also be punished,” she said.
Sharma, who worked for Honda Siel, was suspected to have been trapped in his Chevrolet Aveo after it caught fire on May 1 while he was on his way home. Fire tenders had rushed to the spot but failed to save him.
Initially ruled an accidental death, the police had lodged an FIR on a complaint by the family, who suspected Sharma had been murdered by the land mafia.
The RTI activist had blown the lid of several corrupt land deals in Gautam Budh Nagar.
The autopsy report confirmed death due to asphyxiation, and said there were no external injuries on the body.
Sharma’s family had demanded a CBI probe and AAP, too, had called for a detailed and fair investigation.