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Man ‘murdered’ in U.P. found alive in Mira Road

Pannelal Yadav after he was picked up by the police on Sunday.

Pannelal Yadav after he was picked up by the police on Sunday.  

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Pannelal Yadav disappeared two years ago to fake his death, and had been in hiding ever since

Mumbai: A man said to have been murdered in Uttar Pradesh, as per a police case filed in that State, has been found alive in Mira Road by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch. According to the police, Pannelal Yadav (35) had faked his death as part of a revenge plot against his in-laws.

Crime Branch officials said Mr. Yadav (35), a native of Kolhui village in U.P.’s Maharganj district, had gone missing around two years ago.

Subsequently, his father alleged that he had been murdered by his brother-in-law, in whose company Mr. Yadav had been seen last. When the local police allegedly refused to register an FIR, his father approached the court.

Based on the court's order, Kolhui Police registered a case of murder and destruction of evidence, as Mr. Yadav’s body wasn’t found, against his in-laws on June 1 last year.

DCP (Detection I) Nisar Tamboli said Mr Yadav was picked up for questioning on Sunday after the Crime Branch’s Unit VIII received a tip-off that a man supposed to have been murdered in U.P. was hiding in Mira Road. He allegedly confessed to having faked his death.

Mr. Tamboli said, “A few years before his ‘death’, Mr. Yadav’s wife and in-laws had filed a domestic harassment case against him, and he wanted revenge. First, he settled the harassment case out of court, after which he asked his brother-in-law to meet him on some pretext. The two met on October 15, 2016, after which Mr. Yadav disappeared.”

Mr. Yadav told the police that he came to Bhiwandi, where he stayed for a short while before shifting to Mira Road. There, he made a living from making boxes for a manufacturing unit.

Mr. Tamboli said, “Inquiries so far indicate Mr Yadav wasn’t in contact with his family to maintain the illusion of his death. However, we are still verifying whether any of his family members were involved in faking his death.”

The Crime Branch has apprised the Kolhui Police of the developments, who are sending a team way to Mumbai for further inquiries.

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