More than a month after a local BJP leader was shot dead in Ghaziabad’s Khoda Colony, former legislator Amarpal Sharma, an accused in the murder case, surrendered before a local court on Tuesday. The development comes a week after Ghaziabad Police announced a reward of Rs 25,000 for anyone helping in his arrest.
“The Congress leader surrendered before a Ghaziabad court Tuesday morning. He had been on the run after the shooter involved in the murder of local BJP leader Gajendra Bhati was arrested. His name had cropped after Bhati’s family alleged he had threatened the victim. Further, the sharpshooter, during questioning, alleged that the murder was carried out on the orders of Sharma,” a senior police officer said.
According to police, the reward was announced after Allahabad High Court served him a notice, asking him to surrender within three weeks. “The court had given a notice after Sharma put in a plea asking the HC to quash the FIR against him,” the officer further said.
The sharpshooter, Narendra Gurjar alias Fauji, told police that the plan to kill Bhati was hatched on August 26 at Sharma’s farmhouse in Loni, Ghaziabad. One .30-bore pistol, four cartridges and one white Apache motorcycle, allegedly used in the murder, were also recovered from his possession. During questioning, Fauji had alleged that he murdered Bhati on Amarpal Sharma’s directions, police said.
On September 2, Bhati was shot dead and BJP’s Khoda mandal head Balvir Chauhan was injured after two men fired six bullets at them. A day later, Bhati’s brother had filed a complaint following which an FIR under “IPC sections relating to murder — 302, 307 — and 120 B (criminal conspiracy)” was registered against Amarpal Sharma and two unidentified persons.