An AAP resurrection: How Chandra Mohan Sharma came back to life

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On May 2, the AAP demanded a probe in the alleged murder
The Right to Information activist who was believed to have been killed in a car fire three months ago in Greater Noida has now been arrested for murder. Chandra Mohan Sharma, who was also a member of the Aam Aadmi Party, reportedly faked his own death to live with another woman. Sharma was found dead in a car in Greater Noida on May 1, 2014.

Who is Chandra Mohan Sharma?

Chandra Mohan Sharma, 38, is Aam Aadmi Party member and also a RTI activist who took on fight against illegal encroachments of Government land. Sharma is also known for his campaign against the land mafia in Delhi NCR.

What is his crime?

  • Sharma allegedly killed a mentally unstable man and put him behind the wheels of his car before setting it to fire in order to fake his own death.
  • According to police, Sharma was not happy with his marriage and faked his death in order to live with his 26-year old girlfriend, who lived in the same neighbourhood.
  • The police claimed that Sharma carried out the plan with the help of his wife's brother, by convincing him.
  • Sharma told his brother-in-law that his sister would get Rs 36 lakh and a job at Hero Honda, where he worked, if they staged his death.

Sharma's story: A tale of infidelity, death and deception

  • Sharma allegedly kidnapped, murdered a mentally-challenged man, left his wallet and personal belongings to make the body look like his, and set the car on blaze in Greater Noida.
  • Sharma and his brother-in-law reportedly brought the man from Ansal Plaza in Delhi to Greater Noida, where he was strangulated with a belt.
  • The police initially suspected that Sharma's car had caught fire, and he couldn't open the door due to a malfunction of the vehicle's central locking.
  • But, Sharma's family alleged that he was murdered for fighting against land mafia.
  • Sharma then took a train to Bangalore where he started living under an assumed identity.
  • On May 2, the AAP demanded a probe in the alleged murder, and slammed the police for its laxity in the case.
  • Two days later, the AAP members organized a candle march in Greater Noida, and shouted slogans against the police. They threatened to intensify their stir if no arrests were made in the case.The party convener Arvind Kejriwal sought a speedy probe into the alleged murder.

Investigation and arrest

  • Sharma came to Delhi on June 7 and took his girlfriend along with him to Bangalore.
  • Sharma then started working at the Hero Honda factory under the name of Nitin Sharma, resident of Hisar. To forge his identity, he even shaved his hair and changed his marksheets.
  • The police which began investigation into the case on complaint of Sharma's wife, found during the probe that a woman from the locality had also gone missing.
  • The police then put the woman's mobile phone number on tracker, found that it was active in Bangalore.
  • In between Sharma faced difficult time in Bangalore as he had a low paying job. He then tried to get his girlfriend to leave and made anonymous calls to her family, telling that she had been spotted near Tirupati and that they should take her back.
  • The Noida police than dispatched three teams to Bangalore where the two were found living together. The duo were then arrested and brought back to Delhi on Thursday.
  • Sharma's real identity was confirmed by a tattoo on his hand with the names of his wife and children.

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