A CCTV footage revealed that a hit and run case near Rapid Action Force camp in Vastral was a cold-blooded murder mystery. On June 24, a pick-up truck drove over Shailesh Prajapati, a 43-year-old labour contract, during his morning walk.
However, a crime branch investigation reveals that the victim’s wife and her alleged lover conspired on a rupees ten lakhs contract killing. The CCTV footage captured their plan as it caught one accused walking behind Prajapati seconds before the murder.
CCTV Revealed It All
After following Shailesh for some time, he climbed onto the front seat of the truck standing nearby. It knocked down Shailesh and ran him over within a minute.
On Monday, Ahmedabad arrested Sharda or Swati Prajapati, the 40-year-old wife of Shailesh Prajapati, and Nitin Prajapati, his alleged lover, who paid ten lakh rupees for the murder.
The victim’s father-in-law, Ramesh Mojidara, lodged a missing complaint and stated in the FIR that he left home around 6 AM. Around 7 AM, Mojidara received a call that a running truck had hit his son-in-law. However, the hospital declared him brought dead.
When the investigating officers analyzed the videos, they found Shailesh was walking on the roadside with no other vehicles in sight. According to a Crime Branch official, initial investigations suspected it was not a hit-and-run case.
Later, the officials found that Sharda was in an illegitimate relationship with Nitin. They allegedly reached Yasin, a resident of Gomtipur and gave him a photograph of Shailesh. During interrogation, Sharda and Nitin confessed to their involvement in the murder. They told the cops that they had a relationship of two years.
“However, when Shailesh uncovered the affair, it led to a dispute between Sharda and him. But, Sharda could not meet Nitin. They both plotted a plan to get rid of Shailesh six months ago,” said the officials.
Currently, Yasin is on the loose. Further, the cops have discovered the identity of one more accused. Nitin and Shailesh were friends and business partners and hailed from Ranpur village in Botad. Nitin was also a frequent visitor to Shailesh’s house.