Prayagraj: It seems like a perfect screenplay from a Hindi blockbuster film.
A 45-year-old accused killed a man having a physique similar to his, disfigured the body, and left his identity card to make it look like his own death.
The plan, however, went awry, when the police arrested the accused Firoz Ahmad of Kareha village after an encounter.
He sustained injuries in the shootout.
SP (trans Yamuna) Saurabh Dixit told reporters: “After being fed up with frequent police raids and actions, Firoz got clues from popular crime and thriller TV serials during his stay in Naini central jail and hatched a conspiracy to get rid of people who had given him loans of Rs 4 lakh to pursue his legal battle.”
After being bailed out about two months back in connection with a case, Firoz started looking for a man of the same physique and came in contact with a youth from Buxar in Bihar.
Firoz managed to win the trust of Suraj Gupta, an electrician by profession and assured him of help in securing a job. He advised him to stay in the city.
Firoz then invited Gupta for drinks and dinner at a local eatery on October 17 near Mardapur village.
Along with his two aides, they strangled Gupta to death and also beheaded him. They chopped off the deceased’s private parts and set the body afire to conceal the identity. Firoz also left his driving license near the half-burnt body to make it look like his own death.
He thought that with Gupta’s death, the police would close all cases against him.
The SP said that during investigations, the police found some contact numbers from the pocket of the body. When police contacted these numbers, they came to know that the deceased was Suraj Gupta of Bihar.
Thereafter, Firoz was tracked down and arrested.