Claiming that robbery was the motive behind the July 30 murder of a senior marketing manager of Reliance Jio, Vineet Tehran (38), police have arrested three men.
Trehan, of Modern Housing Complex (MHC), Manimajra, was hacked to death with an axe by three unidentified motorcycle-borne men near his house at Uppal Housing Apartment, Manimajra.
The accused have been identified as Aakash alias Golu (20), of Rajiv Colony, Sector 17, Panchkula; Manish Chand (27), of New Indira Colony, Manimajra, and Aamir Khan (21), of Manimajra. They have been booked under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC.
Incidentally, Manish already faces two cases, of rioting and attempt to murder at the Manimajra police station. Akash, alias Golu, has been booked for robbery, gambling and rioting. Aamir already faces a snatching case.
The police have recovered two axes, blood-stained clothes of all accused, the motorcycle used in the crime and Trehan’s purse containing Rs 4,000, identity cards, three pen drives and debit cards.
GOLD CHAIN, LAPTOP, CAR LEFT BEHIND
A deeper look at the case reveals that attributing robbery as the sole motive of the murder seems a bit premature.
The assailants left behind Trehan’s gold chain, a laptop and the victim’s XUV (CH01BA4440).
Two stolen mobile phones are also yet to be recovered; the cops claim one of the phones was thrown in the Ghaggar river.
FIR, POLICE VERSIONS DIFFER
In the first-information report registered on the statement of a guard at Uppal Marbal Society Manimajra, Vicky Anand, the three assailants and Trehan were sitting in the car outside the building. He saw the driver (later identified as Trehan) come out of the car. According to him, the three assailants were already in the car. They also came out and assaulted the driver.
He also reported that he saw three people escaping from the spot on a motorcycle with Trehan’s body on the back seat.
DSP (East) Satish Kumar said that the assailants happened to be passing by the road near the Uppal Marble Housing Society and found Vineet standing outside the car and decided to rob him.
“Akash and Manish hit him with an axe and took away the purse and two mobile phones from him,” the DSP added.
He claimed that the case was cracked on the basis of extrajudicial confession (admission of the accused) before the police and other ‘respectable people’. This raises the question that whether the police have the evidence to finally prove the case in court.
ACCUSED’S FATHER ALLEGES ILLEGAL DETENTION
Puran Chand, the father of one of the accused, Manish Chand, has moved the high court claiming that his son had been in illegal custody since August 13. He claimed that he has also lodged a DDR on August 15.
“My son’s arrest has been shown on August 21. On court directions, the warrant officer conducted a raid at the police station on August 19, where the cops claimed that they had called him for questioning and then released him. The warrant officer and the raid information was leaked,” said Chand. The case is now listed in court for August 29.
Sources said during interrogation, Manish had attempted to commit suicide at the Manimajra police station by hitting his head against a tubelight and he has been booked under Section 309 (attempt to commit suicide) of the IPC.