Love, Sex, Dhokha: 'Dead' AAP activist Chandra Mohan Sharma's dramatic tale

Chandra Mohan Sharma who was picked up by the Karnataka police in Bangalore, confessed that he was unhappy with his married life and he faked his death

FP Staff August 29, 2014 19:05:44 IST
Love, Sex, Dhokha: 'Dead' AAP activist Chandra Mohan Sharma's dramatic tale

On May 3, 2014 AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal came out in support of a 'dead' RTI activist Chandra Mohan Sharma and slammed the police for its laxity in the case. Sharma was found dead in a car in Greater Noida on May 1, 2014.

Love Sex Dhokha Dead AAP activist Chandra Mohan Sharmas dramatic tale

Chandra Mohan Sharma. Image courtesy IBNlive

On 27 August, 2014 Chandra Mohan Sharma made it to the headlines again. Only this time it was because he was alive! As reports poured in the facts around the case became clearer. It was a story straight out of a masala thriller — a tale of infidelity, death and deception.

Chandra Mohan Sharma who was picked up by the Karnataka police in Bangalore, confessed that he was unhappy with his married life and he faked his death in order to live with an unmarried 26-year-old woman who he fell in love with.

The activist convinced his brother-in-law Videsh to help him. A report in Hindustan Times quoted police as saying, "He narrated his family problems to Videsh (brother-in-law) and said if his death was staged, Videsh’s sister would get a job and money from insurance policies that Sharma had,” said Preetinder Singh, senior superintendent of the police.

This is where things begin to get gory.

Sharma reportedly killed a mentally-challenged man, placed him behind the wheels of a car, left his wallet and personal belongings to make the body look like his, and set the car on fire.

Police say his brother helped him bring the mentally unstable man from Ansal Plaza in Delhi to Greater Noida, where they strangled him with a belt before putting him in the car and setting it on fire

He was arrested on Friday for faking his own death and charged with murder.  Sharma's family had alleged that he was murdered because he was looking for land records of a disputed temple in Kasna village through RTI queries.

During investigation of the case, police found that days after Sharma's 'death', a young woman also went missing from Kasna in June. The two were apparently having an affair. After a complaint of the woman’s family, the police registered a case of kidnapping on June 7. In mid-August, her family got a phone call saying that the woman was in Tirupati but when tracked the call traced to a public phone in Bangalore.

Through eye-witnesses and CCTV footage, police found that the calls were made by a man in a Honda uniform. Evidence led police to the Honda’s factory in Narasapur, which is about 50km from Bangalore. And it's not really hard to guess what they found.

Chandra Mohan Sharma was working at the factory under the name of Nitin Sharma, a resident of Hisar in Haryana. Sharma was working for Honda in Greater Noida at the time of his disappearance and had the requisite experience. After apprehending Sharma, the police found the woman in Kolar.

Sharma had gone quite a few extra miles to hide his identity. He had shaved his hair, and forged his marksheets but tattoos on his body had helped police ascertain his true identity.

According to the report in HT, Sharma’s family was supposed to get 36 lakh as claim from Honda Siel after his death. The company had already paid 20 lakh and was about to make the rest of the payment when the police got leads that Sharma was alive.

After escaping to Bangalore the first time, Chandra Mohan came back to Delhi on June 7 to take the young woman with him. While his plan seemed to work out, he could not make ends meet with his new job.

Sharma's wife, first Savita Sharma does not believe the story however. She insisted in a Times of India report that her husband was being framed.

In a statement to TOI, Savita said:
"The entire episode reeks of blackmail. I believe my husband could not have worked to this plan on his own. Besides the woman my husband was friendly with, there are more people involved. I strongly believe the people I had named in the FIR are responsible and they forced my husband to stage his own death," she said. "If the police try to shield the real culprits, I will take to the streets and fight for the truth to be revealed."

 

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