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Man arrested in Noida for faking own murder


Noida : A man who killed his friend and disfigured the victim’s face before dressing up the body in his own clothes so that another man could be implicated for the murder, has been arrested in this Delhi suburb, the police said Wednesday.

Abdul Salam, hailing from Khekra, was arrested by the Noida police on a tip-off from the man who was implicated for the murder.

Salam had reportedly murdered a man and burnt his face near Dasna Bus Stand in December 2002.

In a bid to deceive the police, Salam dressed the vicitm’s body in his attire. He also put his own wallet and shoes on the body so as to fake his own murder.

The murder complaint was made to Ghaziabad’s Masuri police by the victim’s wife, sister and elder brother Dec 21, 2002.

The identification of the body was carried out Dec 26, with the police saying that it was of Abdul Salam as the clothes were his and the face was burnt.

When the police team reached Kallugarhi in Dasna where Salam lived, his three sisters living in the same village said they suspected a man named Shamshad, who also lived in close by.

Shamshad was arrested and sent to Dasna Jail. He was being tried for murder for the last five years.

Later, the investigations conducted by the police revealed that Salam lived with a friend Zakir and that it was actually he who was murdered.

“Abdul Salam has six cases against him at various police stations. He originally belongs to Salawat Kheri village in Khekra. From there, he moved to Loni in 1984-86 from where he moved to Kolkata. He returned and started living in Kallugarhi locality at Masuri,” said Inspector Dharmendra Chauhan.

“It was then that he burnt his friend Zakir, originally belonging to Aligarh, with whom he was staying and faked his own murder by dressing the burnt body of Zakir in his clothes.

“The Delhi Police arrested Salam in 2005 for possessing an unauthorised weapon. They also informed the Ghaziabad Police about it but it did little to apprehend him. A case against him is still registered at R.K. Puram (in Delhi),” said Chauhan.

“We were falsely implicated in the case. We knew that the murder was committed by Salam but the court asked for evidence. The Masuri police station also did not listen to us and sent us away,” Shamshad told IANS.

“My family was ruined and earnings snatched. My elder daughter died of dengue as we could not save her because of poverty. Our whole life’s earnings were drained in fighting this false case,” he said.