Kalwari: Three persons arrested in connection with the murder of Uttar Pradesh-based journalist and his friend in Kalwari village.
As per reports, they used an alcohol-based sanitiser was used to burn the house so that the murder could look like an accident.
Rakesh Singh Nirbhik (37), who worked for Hindi daily Rashtriya Swaroop and his friend Mithilesh Sahu (Pintu), 35, died of burn injuries in a fire at Nirbhik’s house on Friday night.
The accused confessed to their crime, he added.
Superintendent of Police, Balrampur, Devranjan Verma said that one of accused’s mother was a village head and Singh had exposed siphoning off of funds under her.
The accused hold a grudge against Singh over it. They went to his house on the pretext of some talks. They made Singh and his friends consume alcohol and later committed the crime, the SP said.
He also said alcohol-based sanitiser was used to burn the house so that the murder could look like an accident.
“To burn the house using the chemical, Lalit Mishra and Keshvanand Mishra took the help of Akram Ali alias Abdul Qadir, who is an expert in executing incidents like these,” the police officer said.
On Sunday, UP government handed over a cheque of Rs 5 lakh to Nirbhik’s wife and said it would give her a job and bear educational expenses of the two children.