Senior J&K Police officer Hemant Kumar Lohia was recuperating from a foot injury at his friend’s house when his personal domestic help offered to give him a massage and killed his boss in an inhumane manner in Jammu on Monday night.
Yasir Ahmad, who is now in police custody, made an elaborate plan to carry out the murder, the Jammu and Kashmir Police indicated.
As part of his apparent plan, the killer offered to give Lohia, who was serving as the DGP (Prisons), a foot massage; and when the officer was relatively relaxed, he locked the door of the room so that no one could enter hear their voices and suffocated him to death.
As per the police, Yasir slit his throat with a broken glass bottle of ketchup and later tried to set his body on fire.
“The DG (Prisons) had a foot injury and the domestic help while trying to massage the foot attacked him with a sharp-edged weapon and later tried to set his body ablaze,” said J&K director general of police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh.
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The family members of the officer tried hard to break into the room but could not help him, he shared with reporters after visiting the site of the crime.
“Yasir had been aggressive in nature,” he informed.
As per police officers privy to the matter, Lohia was staying at the residence of a friend on the outskirts of Jammu city as his own residence was undergoing renovation.
Islamist terrorists have claimed responsibility for the high-profile murder which took place hours after the country’s powerful Union home minister Amit Shah landed in the city on a three-day visit.
The Resistance Front, an offshoot of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), in a statement circulating on social media, threatened to carry out more such high-profile targeted killings in the future.
However, the police have ruled out any terror angle to the incident.
“No terror act is apparent as per initial investigation into the murder. A thorough investigation is underway,” said additional director general of police (Jammu) Mukesh Singh.
He further informed that accused Yasir, a resident of Ramban in the Jammu region, has been arrested after a night-long hunt.