Doda man along with family fakes death in car accident to evade loan debt: Police

Say accused arrested from Haryana, brought back within 24 hours along with family

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir police on Sunday said it have unearthed a conspiracy behind a fake road accident, which was planned by an accused to evade loan taken different banks and private lenders in Doda district

In a statement issued to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), a spokesperson said police have unearthed a mystery of fake road accident and brought back the couple along with their daughter from Haryana who were said to have drowned after their vehicle plunged into the river Chenab near Gadsoo area of Doda.

The statement reads on December 20 last year a vehicle had plugged into Chenab near Gadsoo and on receipt of this information, case FIR No 182/2022, U/S 279, 304-A IPC was registered in Police Station Bhaderwah.

“Immediately after the receipt of information of accident, SSP Doda, DC Doda, ASP Bhaderwah and other senior officers and rescue teams rushed to the site and rescue operation was launched. During the inspection of the spot police team found, one broken number plate of the vehicle two ID cards, D/L and eShraman card of one Manjeet Singh son of Pritam Singh of Bhaderwah and one purse from the spot,” it reads.

It reads the vehicle was retrieved from the Chenab River after hectic efforts but no dead body was found inside the vehicle.

“Alongside the investigation, search continued in the Chenab and as per evidences it was presumed that on December 20 last year, Manjeet, his wife Sonia Devi and daughter were travelling in the car from Bhaderwah to Jammu. However, none of them was traced out dead or alive.”

It further reads other aspects of missing Manjeet Singh and his family, were also enquired like financial condition etc. and during investigation it came to fore that Manjeet had taken large amount of loan (approx. 30 Lacs) to establish his business from different banks and private lenders.

“Moreover, the financial condition of Manjeet Singh was also not good and thus with the help of CCTV footages, technical team of cyber cell Doda was also put to the task and after getting technical lead, SSP Doda constituted of team to search the missing person in Punjab and Haryana,” it reads.

It reads after hectic efforts with the help of Haryana Police the trio was located and found alive in Abhaypura village Phase-1, Panchukala Haryana and were brought back within 24 hours.

“Further investigation into the matter is going on. Proceedings under relevant sections shall be followed,” it reads—(KNO)

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