The murder of Jammu and Kashmir’s Director General (Prisons) Hemant Kumar Lohia was not first seen as a terrorist attack, according to police statements released on Tuesday.
Police claimed they had taken into custody the housekeeper who has emerged as the prime suspect. He was apprehended while working in a field in the Kanhachak neighborhood.
On Monday night, Lohia’s body was discovered at his home on the outskirts of Jammu. At a time when Union Home Minister Amit Shah is in Jammu and Kashmir for three days, the terrorist outfit People’s Anti-Fascist Front (PAFF) has claimed responsibility for his death.
The suspect, identified as Yasir Lohar, 23, is a local of Halla-Dhandrath in the Ramban area, according to the authorities.
Dilbag Singh, the Director General of Police, called it “very terrible.” The suspect, according to Singh, even tried to torch the body of 57-year-old Lohia, who had been elevated to the position of Director General of Prisons in the Union Territory earlier that month.
After visiting Lohia’s home in Udaiwala, on the outskirts of Jammu, Additional Director General of Police, Jammu zone, Mukesh Singh, reported that the 1992-batch IPS officer was discovered dead on Monday night with burns on his body and his neck slashed.
The initial investigation into the crime site concluded that Lohia was applying oil to his swollen foot. The murderer, according to Lohia’s account, smothered him to death, then used a shard of a ketchup bottle to cut his throat before attempting to light his body ablaze.
His chamber caught fire, and the guards on duty at the mansion observed it. The door was locked from the inside, so the ADGP stated they had to break it down to get in. First impressions from the crime scene, he added, pointed to murder.
The senior officer’s demise was met with shock and sadness in the Jammu and Kashmir Police, he added.
According to the ADGP, surveillance footage taken at the scene of the crime clearly shows the suspect fleeing the scene.
A considerable portion of Lohar’s time was spent working within the home. His behavior was rather hostile, and preliminary research suggested that he was also suffering from depression. The terrorist organization PAFF claimed responsibility for the “intelligence-based operation” against the valuable target.
To show this Hindutva dictatorship and its allies that we can strike with pinpoint accuracy at any time, this is only the first of many high-profile operations. Amidst all of this protection, this is a token of our appreciation for their visiting minister of the interior. “With God’s help, we intend to keep these programs going in the future,” the PAFF said in a public statement.
However, ADGP Singh stated that the preliminary probe revealed no terrorist connections.
An exhaustive investigation is currently underway. He said, “We have the weapon and some paperwork that shows the domestic worker’s mental state.
Jammu and Kashmir’s Government Medical College and Hospital were reportedly where the deceased officer’s body was sent for an autopsy.
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