RAJKOT, India: A 28-year-old man from Uttar Pradesh who orchestrated his own “murder” to claim ancestral property in Kutch ended up behind bars thanks to a viral video on social media. Ramkaran Chauhan’s elaborate scheme unraveled when a video of him dancing at a Chhath Puja ceremony surfaced online, exposing his elaborate lie.
Chauhan, along with his wife Gudiya, hatched the plan in 2020 following a family dispute over property. Driven out of their home, they devised a plot to eliminate his father and three brothers by faking his death and pinning the blame on them. Chauhan vanished, leaving Gudiya to file a missing person report and later, a murder complaint, accusing the family of her husband’s demise.
However, doubts arose due to the lack of a body. While initial suspicions were towards Gudiya, the tide turned when one of Chauhan’s brothers spotted him in the viral video. Despite Gudiya’s denial, the video evidence was irrefutable. UP cybercrime sleuths traced the video to Kutch and sought assistance from local police.
Adding to the evidence, Chauhan’s attempt to change his Aadhaar address from his native UP village to Bhadreshwar in Kutch further solidified his location. With phone and SIM card changes making direct tracking difficult, Bhuj cybercrime police and Mundra marine police collaborated to finally nab Chauhan at his workplace, Nilkanth Steel.
This bizarre case highlights the power of social media in unraveling even the most meticulously crafted plans. It also serves as a reminder of the intricate efforts law enforcement undertakes to uncover the truth, even in the absence of a tangible body. Chauhan’s elaborate scheme backfired spectacularly, proving once again that the pursuit of ill-gotten gains often leads to downfall.
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