Proclaimed dead RTI activist found alive, charged with murder

DPA New Delhi | Updated on August 29, 2014

An Indian rights activist, whose charred body was believed to have been found in a car in New Delhi in May, is alive and has been charged with murder, police said on Friday.

Chandra Mohan Sharma, 38, a right-to-information activist and a member of the Aam Aadmi Party, allegedly killed a homeless man on May 1, put him inside his car, and set fire to it in order to fake his own death, said senior police official Preetinder Singh.

Sharma is believed to have carried out the elaborate plan to escape from his marriage and continue seeing a 25-year-old woman who lived in his locality, police said at a press briefing on Thursday.

The police found Sharma after the 25-year-old woman’s family lodged a complaint in early June saying she had disappeared.

“Her family said they received calls from different public phone booths in Bangalore in August,” Singh said, adding that police had been sent to investigate the calls.

Police are now searching for Sharma’s brother-in-law, who was named a co—accused in the murder case. He is missing.

Published on August 29, 2014

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