A 65-year-old man was killed by his friend, who is a property dealer, for not clearing his dues of Rs 1,000, in the intervening night of Sunday and Monday in the crematorium at Basti Guzan, here.
The victim, Krishan Kumar (65) of Basti Sheikh, was in good terms with the accused before the incident.
Meanwhile, accused Surinder Shinda of New Dilbagh Nagar fled the spot by jumping over the 10-feet gate of cremation ground and was absconding since then.
As per the CCTV footages installed at the crematorium, both were seen smoking together at 12.24 am and at 12.32 am, the accused hit on Krishan’s head after exchanging heated arguments with him. The accused again smoked before the arrival of the crematorium caretakers, Mahant Govardhan Dass and Amandeep, who were sleeping in a room and woke up after hearing the victim’s screams.
Dass called up the police at 12.38 after which the cops from Basti Bawa Khel arrived at the spot and took the victim to the civil hospital, where he was declared brought dead. The police have also recovered a wooden stick used in the crime from the spot.
ACP (west) Ravinder Pal Singh Sandhu arrived at the spot with fingerprint experts on Monday morning and started the probe. The police officials also procured the CCTV footages.
Sandhu said a murder case has been registered against Shinda and teams have been dispatched to arrest him.
The eyewitnesses said the property dealer had arranged a rented accommodation for the deceased and had charged some fees, but there was some dispute over an amount of Rs 1,000.
The house of the victim, who was a quack, was sold out two years ago by his wife Sushma Rani, who had left for USA to earn money. She was also sending him Rs 10,000 every month. Five days ago, Sushma had returned from USA and had also met the deceased on Sunday morning. He had four children, including one son and three daughters.
The deceased was living in the cremation ground for the last 10 days.