The court of district and sessions judge Raj Shekhar Attri, on Wednesday, acquitted head constable Rakesh Kumar alias Titu in the case of murder of a horse-cart owner on August 8, 2013 in the Kacha Kot locality of the city after main eyewitnesses turned hostile.
Two other accused Rakesh's brother-in-law Dharampal and his friend Vishal were declares proclaimed offenders in the case and are yet to be arrested.
A case against Rakesh and two others was registered under Sections 302 (murder) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) on August 8 last year on the complaint of Ajay Kumar, son of horse-cart owner Bagga Kumar at Basti Bawa Khel police station.
As per details, head constable Rakesh Kumar, who was posted in the anti-gangster wing at that time, along with Dharm Pal and moneylender Vishal had gone to the residence of 50-year-old Bagga Ram during midnight on August 7 for the recovery of `20,000. But, the cart-owner had reportedly expressed his helplessness to pay the money".
At this, they beat him mercilessly with an iron rod outside his house and fled. Bagga's son Ajay Kumar, along with Ram Lubhaya, took him to the Civil Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
The head constable hid himself for three months and surrendered to the court on November 13, 2013. The police had also recovered the iron rod from his house on the same day. Kumar's brother in-law Dharampal and his friend Vishal were declared proclaimed offenders on December 21, 2013.