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Ex-govt officer missing from Ghaziabad, cops clueless

Search is still on for a retired DFO, Ajit Kumar Singh, who went missing on the night of July 5 on his way home, reports Peeyush Khandelwal.
Hindustan Times | By Peeyush Khandelwal, Ghaziabad
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2008 11:15 PM IST

Search is still on for a retired District Forest Officer (DFO), Ajit Kumar Singh, who went missing on the night of July 5 on his way home. He is believed to have de-boarded a bus at Mohan Nagar crossing and taken an auto-rickshaw home at Sector-23 Noida.

During interrogation on July 7, the suspect, Ahmed, an auto-rickshaw driver, admitted that he, along with three others killed Ajit Singh and dumped his body near Sector-62 Noida.

He even recognised the photograph shown to him.

“Later, on July 8, the driver, however, told the police that he had admitted to the crime under pressure from his union leader, who had told him to make that statement before the police,” said Prashant Rathore, deputy manager of Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL), son of the missing DFO.

This made the search complicated for the police.

According to Prashant, the search party, who have been assisted by SSP Noida, haven’t been able to trace the body and belongings of Ajit near Sector-62 as told by the driver. The call details on his mobile phone revealed that he took the main road via Vasundhra to Vaishali past Bikanerwala sweet shop. Thereafter, the phone was switched-off. “However, the police say the route taken was from Vasundhra to Kanawni to Shipra Sun-city,” Prashant said.

“These versions are contradictory.”

SSP Deepak Ratan said: “The rickshaw driver has been giving a contradictory statement every time we question him. STF team from Western UP is also on the search.”

“I have spoken to the SSP Ghaziabad and DGP (Meerut), who said a team comprising Special Task Force members has been formed to trace out the missing DFO,” added Prashant.

The police also arrested Santosh, another auto-rickshaw driver, who refuted the allegation.

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