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Crime branch solves trader?s murder

india Updated: Feb 03, 2007 21:12 IST

CRIME BRANCH has solved the murder case of pharmaceutical trader Jayantilal Kothari (57), resident of Rau, whose body was found dumped near village Jamnia Datunitekri, Khurel Road, on January 26. Two persons have been arrested in this connection.

Those arrested are Antar Singh (30) son of Bhim Singh Chauhan resident of village Pigdamber and his brother-in-law Banti (24) son of Jeevan Singh Thakur resident of village Umriakhurd.

Crime branch DSP Arvind Tiwari said that Kothari had gone missing on the night of January 22. After closing his medicine shop in Rau at around 10 pm, he had a paan and cigarette with one of his friends. Thereafter, he left for Rau bus stand. Since then, there was no information of his whereabouts.

His family lodged a report with the police when he did not return home that night. His body was finally found four days later. The deceased had been shot in the head. Two spent shells of 7.6 mm pistol, a wristwatch, ring and lighter were found near the body.

During investigation, it was found that before he went missing, Jayantilal had received a couple of calls from Antar Singh, resident of village Pigdamber. Antar’s in-law’s house was near Umria Khurd, Khurel Road. The body had been found in this area. When police went looking for Antar, they did not find him at his house at Pigdamber. 

However, Crime Branch sleuths managed to trace Antar. During interrogation, he confessed of having killed Kothari with his brother-in-law’s help.

The accused told the police that Kothari had borrowed Rs 60,000 from him. But he had been avoiding him so far as repayment was concerned. Thus, Antar decided to kill Kothari.

On January 22, he called up Kothari and told him that he (Antar) owed money to someone in village Umaria. He wanted Kothari to come with him to Umaria and tell the person concerned that his money would be repaid once Kothari returned his dues to Antar.

As decided, Antar picked up Jayantilal on his motorcycle on the night of January 22. He then picked up his brother-in-law Banti from Devguraria. Antar Singh stopped the motorcycle near village Jamnia Datunitekri at about 11 pm on the pretext of answering nature’s call.

When Jayantilal got down, they shot him twice in the head. They then took his shawl and Infocom mobile, which were burnt at Pigdamber village.

Police have recovered the pistol used in the crime, the motorcycle and five mobile phones, one of them belonging to the deceased.

SP Anshuman Yadav has announced a reward for the Crime Branch squad comprising inspector S S Yadav, SI Dinesh Singh Rathore, SI Vinod Sharma, head constable Keshav Singh, constables Vijay Singh, Abha Ram, Narendra Singh, Ravindra Singh, Mangesh, Sanjay and Aziz Khan, that cracked the case.