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Rs 1.5 crore jewellery looted: Chandigarh businessman booked for abetting driver’s suicide

Driver had alleged police harassment in suicide note, but railway police take into consideration his son’s complaint

punjab Updated: Jan 21, 2018 21:57 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Chnadigarh,SECTOR-33 LOOT,Ajit Jain
Armed men had robbed Rs 1.5-crore jewellery from Jain’s house in Sector 33, Chandigarh, on January 9.(Ht File)

A day after the body of Ajit Jain’s driver was recovered from the railway tracks in Zirakpur, police have booked the businessman for abetment to suicide. No arrest has been made so far.

Armed men had robbed Rs 1.5-crore jewellery from Jain’s house in Sector 33, Chandigarh, on January 9. His driver Avinash Yadav had alleged police harassment in the suicide note recovered along with the body on Friday.

Assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Rampal, railway police post in-charge in Lalru, said Jain has been booked under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on the complaint of Yadav’s son Pankaj.

When questioned why no action has been recommended against the UT police that is probing the loot, Rampal said: “We have gone by the statement of the victim’s son.”

However, Patiala station house officer (SHO) Vimal Kumar, under whom the Lalru post falls, said: “We have not given clean chit to anybody. We will examine the role of all people, including cops.”

Yadav, 50, a resident of Wadhwa Nagar in Zirakpur, had started working for Jain about three weeks before the robbery. In the suicide note, he claimed innocence and said he was afraid of police torture.

Pankaj said Yadav was feeling ashamed ever since he was being questioned by the police. “My father was questioned on Jain’s behest. He is responsible for his death,” he alleged.

The torn and blood-stained note was found in the deceased’s wallet along with his Aadhaar card, driving licence and some cash.

“The suicide note will be examined by an expert to check its authenticity,” said the SHO.

Cremated after autopsy

The railway police handed over Yadav’s body to his family after the postmortem on Saturday.

Heart-rending scenes were seen during his cremation in Manimajra.

Yadav’s daughter Sarita, who was inconsolable, said she had never imagined to see his father’s mutilated body.

Pankaj, who is the complainant, said he had been telling his father to give up work as now he too was earning well.

“But he was getting bored at home. Someone recommended him to Ajit Jain and he joined work while I was abroad,” he said. Pankaj said his father hugged him a night before the suicide.

I am a soft target, says Jain

Claiming that he has been falsely implicated in the case, Ajit Jain said he is a soft target.

“I am the victim. The loot took place in my house. Now, I am being falsely implicated for abetment to suicide,” said the businessman who owns cold stores in Lalru.

Jain said police had taken a list of all his employees, relatives and friends to verify facts in the case.

“The probe is just in the preliminary stage. Why would I ask police to torture anyone?” he said.

Jain said he would consult his lawyers for further course of action.

First Published: Jan 21, 2018 13:14 IST