LUCKNOW:A lawyer who went missing from Bulandshahr’s Khurja last week was found dead late on Friday night. According to police, Dharmendra Chaudhary disappeared on the evening of July 25 and his motorcycle was found abandoned in Khabra village.
After his family lodged a missing person complaint at Kotwali Dehat Police Station, a search was launched. Police said a friend of Dharmendra emerged as a suspect during the investigation and he eventually confessed to killing him.
“We had received information about Dharmendra going missing. The family did not suspect his close friend. As the investigation progressed, we asked the accused to undergo a lie-detector test but he refused. This strengthened the suspicion and it was confirmed once we found the body in his marble godown. Two other associates have been arrested as well,” said Praveen Kumar, IG Range Meerut.
Last Saturday, Dharmendra was to return home after having dinner with his friend Vivek or Vikky. Post midnight, the family could not reach his cellphone and started looking for him. His bike was found abandoned in the farms near his house. Police said the accused participated in the search,” police said.
According to police, investigation has revealed that Vikky owed Dharmendra about Rs 60 lakh which he was unable to return. On July 25, he met Dharmendra on the pretext of dinner and allegedly beat him to death with a steel rod, police said.
Vivek came under suspicion after Chaudhary’s family discovered a diary with the information of financial dealing between the two.
“From the diary, it was discovered that Chaudhary used to loan money to Vivek on 4 percent interest, but just the interest had grown to more than Rs 10 lakh,” the police said.
Police have arrested three people from Bulandshahr.