Vrindavan, 2018.12.17 (VT): The pilgrimage town of Vrindavan, which attracts a large number of tourists every year, is no longer a safe place, and this perception has become entrenched after the recent abduction and murder of a Brajwasi youth, Anuj Sharma.
In a recent, shocking development, police have found the dead body of Anuj Sharma (23), who had been missing since December 10. Anuj was murdered for 5 lakh rupees by his friends on the 10th and his body was thrown in the fields near Yamuna.
According to the victim’s father, Mr. Purushottam (a businessman), Anuj left home with his friends Lakhan and Lokesh on the evening of the 10th. When he didn’t return for two days, a police complaint was eventually registered. Police took Anuj’s two associates into custody on grounds of suspicion. They were nabbed using their mobile phone locations.
Initially the culprits tried to mislead the police on the matter by saying that Anuj’s death was an accident. He was under the effect of alcohol when he fell off from a bridge into the Yamuna and died. However, following a more thorough investigation, the facts came to light. The victim was shot in the head twice, after which his naked body was stuffed inside a sack with bricks and tossed into a cesspit. The police have sent the decomposed body for post-mortem.
In the last month, four people have been reported missing in Vrindavan.
Lakshmi (21) is a resident a Sant Colony. She went missing on the morning of December 10. According to her father, Madan Das, Laskhmi had withdrawn a sum of Rs. 17000 from her account on that day. The case was registered on Thursday, December 13.
Prior to this, Madan Gopal Agrawal (67), and Harsh Upadhayay (15) were reported missing on 8 and 25 November respectively. Agrawal was a resident of Govind Bagh, while Harsh lived in Prem Gali.