Murder accused finds victim alive after a decade

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Murder accused finds victim alive after a decade

For a decade, Amit bore the stamp of a murderer. He couldn't even muster up the courage to look for a job and carried on with his ancestral work of farming. Then one day he ran into the person he supposedly killed.

For a decade, Amit bore the stamp of a murderer. He couldnt even muster up the courage to look for a job and carried on with his ancestral work of farming. Then one day he ran into the person he supposedly killed.

The incident dates back to 2007 when 14-year-old Deepak, a resident of Naithna Hasanpur village of Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr district, went missing.

His parents and relatives searched for him in and around the area, but without success. Days later, a half-charred and mutilated body of a teenager with Deepaks build was found in the fields.

Deepaks parents identified the body to be that of their son and alleged that Amit, their neighbour, had a quarrel with Deepak a few days ago and killed him as an act of revenge.

Amit, who was 19 then, pleaded innocence but following an investigation he was put behind bars. He spent two months and 10 days in jail after which he got bail from the high court as the police were not successful in presenting substantial evidence.

It was hard living with the label of a killer as people used to taunt me and some would even ask me how I finished him off. Besides, there was a constant fear of going to jail again as the investigation was still going on, recalls Amit.

However, as time passed by the focus shifted and Deepaks family too kept approaching Amits family for some resolution. We reached a settlement and gradually the memories were fading when one day someone told me that Deepak was alive, said Amit.

Though Amit refused to divulge the exact nature of the settlement, some relatives said that a demand of Rs 15-20 lakh was made and finally `5 lakh was paid with the assurance that Deepak's family will not pursue the case further.

Amit started keeping a watch on Deepak's house and on Tuesday, he saw him walking in. Amit informed the police and Deepak was nabbed.

During interrogation, it was revealed that Deepak's name figured in a case of theft and out of fear he ran away from the village. He started working as a labourer and doing odd jobs in neighbouring districts and when the situation settled down, he gradually started visiting his house.

We have booked Deepak and sent him to jail. Regarding the lapses in the case (the identity of the body recovered in 2007), a probe has been ordered, said Muniraj G, senior superintendent of police, Bulandshahr.