Meerut: Over a month after a 35- year-old Delhi police head constable, who was deputed in Delhi chief minister (CM) Arvind Kejriwal’ s security detail, had gone missing from his hometown in UP’s Meerut, police arrested a Hastinapur-based tantric for his murder on Friday evening.
Ramadan Pachauri, SHO of Sadhana police station where the case was filed, said, “Gopichand Maura, who was deployed outside the Delhi CM’s residence, had come to his native village Phalli for vacation on March 26 when he disappeared. On March 30, his wife, Rekha Devi, had registered a missing per- son report.”
According to police, the victim had met the 40-year-old accused, Ganesh Anand, a year ago and connived with him to eliminate his wife through tantric rituals. Over a period of one year, the cop had paid him R 6 lakh for the task. Later, when Mauryan began to build pressure on the tantric to “expedite the process of killing his wife through black magic”, Ganesh Anand asked him to meet near the Ganga bank in Hastinapur’s Surajpur village.
“Fearing that Mauryan will ask for his money back, Ganesh Anand asked the cop to bring a rooster and then convinced him to lie down with his eyes closed near the bank as part of the ritual. First, he slit the rooster’s throat using a sickle and then cut Maura’s throat, killing him on the spot. Later, he threw the body in the river,” said SSP Rohit Singh Sajjan.
Ganesh Anand also pushed the slain cop’s bike into the river to destroy evidence. While police found the vehicle on April 12, the body is yet to be recovered and divers have been pressed into service, officials said.
Superintendent of police (rural), Kamlesh Bahadur, said, “The victim’s last location was Hasina- pursuit that was a dead end. It was the money trail that helped us nab the culprit. On March 24, Mauryan had transferred R 1 lakh into the tantrum’s account through a UPI transaction. Then again, on March 25, R 90,000 was transferred in a similar way. Later, during his confession, Ganesh Anand admitted that another instalment of R 1.5 lakh was given in cash on the final day, March 26.”
Ganesh Anand has been booked under IPC sections 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence), police said.