KOTA: After hitching a ride in a truck, a 20-year-old youth murdered the driver and stole the vehicle laden with rice, hoping to sell it and buy an expensive sports .
The crime came to light when the police recovered a half-burnt body of the 50-year-old driver, , a resident of in , in from a deserted spot near village under Sadar police station of Bundi on Tuesday.
The youth has been arrested by the police and produced in before the court on Thursday for a two-day remand. The accused, Lokesh Kumar Mali, has admitted to the murder and later trying to burn the body.
The overturned truck was also traced a few kilometres away from the body.
According to Sadar SHO Abhishek Pareek, Mali is a resident of Aktasa village under Talera police station of Bundi and stays in a rented room at area. “The accused, a Class 12 student in a private school, wanted to buy an expensive sports bike. He then thought up a plan to loot a truck and finance his bike. He was planning to sell the rice in the truck and buy his motorcycle,” he said.
As per his plan, Mali took a lift on a truck heading for Bundi from Talera bypass on Monday evening.
After a while, he attacked the driver with an iron rod and killed him on the spot. He then threw the body at a deserted plot, the SHO said.
The accused then fled with the truck. However, after a few kilometres, the truck overturned. Fearing that he could be nabbed, Mali returned to the deserted plot and tried to burn the driver‘s body. He ed a crane operator to lift the truck from the roadside. But the crane operator refused as the truck was loaded. The youth later fled from the spot, the SHO said.
During investigations, the police came to know that a youth had tried to hire a crane operator for lifting the overturned truck from the roadside near Raghuveerpura village. They traced the crane operator and caught the accused. Mali has been earlier involved in minor crimes in the city, he added.
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