Two held for murder in ‘accidental firing’

Family had filed a missing complaint; two accused remain absconding

Two men were arrested on Tuesday morning in connection with the murder of a 23-year-old man from Ghodi Bacheda village in Dadri while the remaining two are absconding.

Dharmender (23), a farmer, was found dead in Kasiganj district on Monday morning after he went missing since December 28 morning.

Gunshot wound

The police said Dharmender’s family filed a missing complaint when he was not found. Later, his body was recovered with a gunshot wound from Sauro Ghat in Kasganj district on Monday morning.

Two of the four accused were arrested by the Dadri police on Tuesday morning.

Bought pistol

During interrogation, the accused said that the five men, including Dharmender, had gone to buy a pistol.

On their way back, one of them accidentally fired a bullet that killed Dharmender after which they dumped his body on the fields at Kasganj.

Dadri Station House Officer Ram Sen Singh, said the two accused — Ravi and Gagan — were arrested from Ramgarh Railway crossing in Dadri on Tuesday morning around 4.15 a.m. with two countrymade pistols and three cartridges.

Cover-up bid

“The accused have confessed that on Friday morning, Dharmendra was called by his four friends — Ravi, Gagan, Rahul and Deepak — who asked him to join them on a trip to Aligarh where they were going to buy a pistol. While they were on their way back after buying two pistols, Gagan accidentally fired a bullet that hit Dharmendra and he died. In a bid to cover up the incident, they dumped his body on the fields in Kasganj from where it was recovered four days later,” said the Station House Officer.

The accused were booked under Sections 364 (abduction), 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) of the Indian Penal Code.

Hunt is on

“We are on a lookout for the remaining two and they will be nabbed soon,” Mr. Singh added.

Dharmendra is survived by wife, a son and a daughter.

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