J&K DG Prisons murder: Police arrest domestic help

NEW DELHI: Jammu and Kashmir‘s Director General (Prisons) Hemant K Lohia was found murdered at his residence in Jammu on Monday with his throat slit and burn injuries on his body.
The police have nabbed Lohia’s domestic help Yasir Lohar, who is the main suspect in the case.
Here’s what we know so far …
DG (Prisons) found murdered at home
Additional Director General of Police (Jammu) Mukesh Singh, who visited the house of Lohia at Udaiwala on the outskirts of Jammu, said the 1992-batch IPS officer was found dead on Monday night, with burn injuries on his body and his throat slit.
According to the police, the suspect attempted to set ablaze the body of 57-year-old Lohia, who was promoted and appointed as Director General of Prisons in the Union Territory in August.
A preliminary examination of the crime scene indicated that Lohia must have been applying some oil on his foot which showed swelling.
The killer suffocated Lohia to death and also used a broken ketchup bottle to slit his throat and later tried to set the body afire, Singh said.
The guards present at the residence of the officer saw the fire inside his room. They had to break open the door as it was locked from inside, the ADGP said.
He said the preliminary examination of the scene of crime points towards murder.
Domestic help held
The police said that Lohia’s domestic help Yasir Lohar, a resident of Halla-Dhandrath village in Ramban district, is the prime suspect in the case.
The 23-year-old suspect was apprehended by the police after a major manhunt and is currently being interrogated.

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A hunt is on to nab Lohia’s domestic help Yasir Lohar (above)
The ADGP said the CCTV footage collected from the incident site shows the suspected accused running away after committing the crime.
“Lohar was working in this house for nearly six months … Initial investigation revealed that he was quite aggressive in his behaviour and was also under depression,” he said.
He added that a diary of the accused has also been found, which reflects his depressed mental state.
Terror group claims responsibility
In a mysterious twist, terror group People’s Anti-Fascist Front (PAFF) claimed responsibility for the murder.
The group claimed that its “special squad” carried out the “intelligence-based operation” to target the high-value target.
“This is just the beginning of such high profile operations just to warn this Hindutva regime and its collaborators that we can strike anytime and anywhere with precision. This is a small gift to their visiting home minister amid such a security grid. God willing we will continue such operations in future,” the PAFF said in a statement online.
However, ADGP Singh said no terror link has come to the fore as per the initial investigation.
“A thorough probe is on to rule out any possibility. The weapon of offence has been seized besides some documentary evidence reflecting his (domestic help’s) mental state,” he said.
The incident took place at a time when Union home minister Amit Shah is on a three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir.
(With inputs from PTI)
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