Shaved moustache, trimmed hair, changed locations: How Kasauli hotel owner evaded arrest
Vijay Singh managed to evade the police for more than two days after he shot dead Shail Bala Sharma in a fit of rage.
Officials involved in his arrest said Singh shaved his moustache and trimmed his hair to change his appearance and moved from one state to another before being caught in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura late on Thursday.
The Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Limited employee allegedly chased and shot at assistant town and country planner Sharma after an argument over the demolition of the unauthorised construction in his Narayani Guest House after a recent Supreme Court order.
Local villagers told the police that Singh fled the guest house and reached the road to Sanawar, 6km away, by using a forest trail through a nearby hill. Singh then called up his friends for help and asked one of them to arrange a vehicle for him.
He then boarded a Rohru-Chandigarh bus from the Shimla-Kalka highway.
“We also scanned closed-circuit television footage from Chandimandir which showed a man resembling him sitting in the bus,” Solan’s superintendent of police Mohit Chawla said.
The conductor of the bus told the police that Singh got down at Tribune Chowk and that he was enquiring about a bus to Delhi.
Anticipating that the police might track his location, Singh also switched off his phone, said the police. However, he made a call that helped the police find him.
“His location was traced to Mathura refinery after he called somebody from his cellphone. The police finally found him at a temple,” Chawla said.
He was brought to Dharampur police station and interrogated for six hours, officials said.
A local court in Kasauli on Friday sent the hotelier to five-day police custody.
Additional chief judicial magistrate Yajuvender Singh gave the orders after the police said Singh needs to be interrogated because the weapon he used to shoot Sharma has not been found.