Eighteen days after a 32-year-old man went missing from Thorkhan village in Babra taluka of Amreli district,his body was recovered from a well at Kotda village in the same taluka in the early hours of Sunday.
Police said that Anil Sarkaria was severely beaten up before being choked by one Ashok Paan and five other villagers of Sardhar in Rajkot district on September 21,the day he went missing. They later tied a heavy stone to the body and disposed it in a well.
Sarkaria was allegedly having an affair with Paans wife for the last four years,which became the reason for his murder,police said.
Six persons,including Ashok Paan,have been arrested for murder and throwing the body in a well to destroy evidence, said a Rajkot taluka police officer. A complaint in this regard was lodged by Sarkarias father,Vallabh.
According to the Rajkot (rural) police,Sarkaria,who worked as a diamond polisher in Amreli,had left his home on September 21 on the pretext of visiting a doctor at Sardhar,where Paan and his wife,Nayana,stay with two children.
Sarkaria had given divorce to his wife four years ago,after which he fell in love with Nayana,who lived at nearby Kotda village. Though Nayana got married after some time,their relationship continued. Paan came to know about them on September 21 when the two were spotted with each other by a family member, said the police.
Sarkaria was later abducted by Paan and his five relatives and taken to a farmhouse. Sarkaria was badly beaten up clubbed after which Paan allegedly chocked him. They waited till night,then took the body to Kotda and dumped it in a well, said the officer,adding that they went to Kotda,where Nayans parents live,to misguide police in case they found the body.
Police said the deceased family,who registered a missing complaint on October 4,reached Sardhar when some local told them about the Paans having beaten a man severely some days back. Based on the doubt expressed by complainant,Paan was detained on Saturday. During questioning,he admitted to his crime and took us to the well in which the body was dumped, added the police.