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Illegitimate affair whiff in murder

The garment trader, whose body was found in a bag on Wednesday, was allegedly having an affair with a relative of his, police said on Thursday.

One of the accused, Ravi (25), a friend of the slain businessman Amit Jaiswal, doubted that the trader was having an illegitimate relationship with a relative of his. “This could be the prime reason behind Jaiswal’s murder,” a police officer said.

The police have so far arrested five persons, including one Chandan Verma, who allegedly plotted the murder. The affair angle came to light after interrogating the five persons. The police, however, are still on the lookout for Ravi and another youth Sujit in connection with the case.

Sources said Jaiswal’s garment shop, which he had set up three years back, was doing brisk business and the trader was fond of flaunting his wealth by wearing heavy gold chains and rings. “This, too, could be another factor that might have led to his murder,” a police officer said.

“Ravi, who is absconding, is one of the prime accused in the case. He was suspecting that Jaiswal was having an affair with a relative of his. The relationship was allegedly illegitimate and Ravi was miffed over Jaiswal’s affair,” the officer said.

He added that Ravi and Chandan then hatched a conspiracy to kill Jaiswal. “Chandan, however, also had some other plans. He had seen Jaiswal wearing two heavy gold chains all the time, along with five gold rings. An envious Chandan wanted all the jewellery Jaiswal had. He then helped Ravi in the murder,” the officer said.

All the accused were his friends. “Jaiswal used to frequently visit Ravi’s residence at Khajur Banna. When Ravi called Jaiswal to his residence on March 14 afternoon, the deceased took it like any other day and visited his house,” the cop said.

Sources said on March 14, Jaiswal told his family members that he was going out to meet a prospective groom for his friend’s sister.

“Once Ravi is arrested, more things will come to light. We now have to confirm how all the seven persons came together and under what circumstances all of them decided to help Ravi and Chandan to kill Jaiswal,” the policeman said.

The murder weapon is yet to be recovered. The police suspect that a vehicle, possibly a four-wheeler, was used in disposing of the body. Jaiswal’s motorcycle was recovered from the Musallapur area, a day after he went missing. The motorbike had bloodstains on it.

“It could be possible that one of the seven accused drove the bike and left it in Musallapur. There were fingerprints on the bloodstains, which could have come after one of the accused killed Jaiswal and then packed his body in jute bags. We are now on a look out for the two accused who are on the run,” the officer added.