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Man kills labourer, burns body to fake his own death

Shimla (HP): A man faked his death allegedly for making insurance claim, but ran out of luck as the police nabbed him on suspicion that he had killed a labourer and burnt his body in his car.

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Aakash, a resident of Chandigarh, was arrested on Tuesday from Palwal Railway Station in a joint operation of the Sirmour Police and the Government Railway Police, Haryana, Sirmaur Superintendent of Police Rohit Malpani said Wednesday.


Prima facie, Aakash and his family wanted to grab the huge life insurance money, the value of which will be estimated after further investigation and interrogation of the accused, the SP said.

He said Aakash's nephew Ravi Kumar (29) was also involved in planning and executing the alleged crime and he was arrested on Monday from Himachal Pradesh's Nahan.
Elaborating, police said a case of accidental death was registered at Nahan police station on November 20, stating a car had collided with a parapet at Judda Ka Johar and it got completely burnt before police could arrive.

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It was also stated that a person named Aakash had died in the alleged accident and got burnt with the vehicle, they said. A team of Forensic Science Laboratory visited the spot the next day.

The SP said police suspected some foul play when Aakash's family started to pressure the police to release 'death certificate' from the very next day of the accident .

"Suspicious grew when a team of the Punjab Police came to Nahan a few days ago in search of a missing labourer from Rajasthan who was working with Aakash and was last in touch with him," the SP said.
Meanwhile, Ravi visited Nahan on December 3.

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