Jammu, Oct 04, 2022: The DGP of Jammu and Kashmir Prisons Department, Hemant Kumar Lohia, was found dead at his residence in Jammu under mysterious circumstances on Monday, October 3.
Police has started an investigation from all angles, including murder. His servant is being suspected to have murdered him.
Hemant Kumar Lohia was staying at his friend Rajiv Khajuria’s house along with his own family as his own house was under renovation. An investigation is underway.
Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Jammu zone, Mukesh Singh, said the domestic help is absconding and a search for him has started. The domestic help has been identified as Yasir who originally belongs to Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir.
The 57-year-old Lohia, a 1992 batch IPS officer, was found dead with his throat slit at his Udaiwala residence on the outskirts of Jammu. He was posted at the DGP prisons in August. Burn injuries were also found on his body.
The ADGP said first examination of the scene of crime reveals this as a suspected murder case.
“The body of Shri Hemant Lohia DG Prisons JK was found under suspicious circumstances. First examination of the scene of crime reveals this as a suspected murder case. The domestic help with the officer is absconding. A search for him has started. Forensic teams and crime teams are on the spot. The investigation process has begun. Senior officers are on the spot. J&K police family express grief and deep sorrow over the death of their senior officer,” said the ADGP.
Speaking to PTI, Director General of Police Dilbag Singh said preliminary examination of the crime scene indicated that killer had first suffocated Lohia to death and also used a broken ketchup bottle to slit his throat. He later attempted to set ablaze the body of 57-year-old Lohia.
"The domestic help is absconding. A search for him has started," DGP Dilbag Singh said.
Courtesy: India Today