Posing as husband, Chaudhary made Jyoti undergo abortion

The police remand of Himachal Pradesh MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary, accused in the murder of a Hoshiarpur girl, was Monday extended by another four days by a local court in Panchkula.

In a related development, the Panchkula police issued a statement claiming that Chaudhary had accompanied 24-year Jyoti Rani to a nursing home where he presented himself as the girl's husband and got her foetus aborted, days before the MLA and his three accomplices killed her.

The abortion was carried out at Jindal Nursing Home, at sector 20, police said, adding that during the interrogation it was found that for the last few months, after her abortion, the girl had been threatening to "expose" the MLA in the public. "As the pressure from Jyoti was increasing, Chaudhary decided to kill her after the elections. As per his disclosure statement, police has recovered the vehicle used in the offence as also the mobile phone of Jyoti, which was thrown away by the MLA. Sections 201 and 34 of IPC have now been added in the FIR," police said.

Earlier today, the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Panchkula, Bhawna Jain, remanded the MLA to four days police custody after the police told the court that they need to further interrogate the MLA to ascertain the whereabouts of other accused and a the truck driver, whose vehicle was allegedly used in smashing the face of the woman after she was killed.

"A truck was used in the crime and we have to find it and its driver Tilak Raj, who is a native of Kangra town in Himachal Pradesh. We also need to find out the original mobile phone of Chaudhary as it could give us more clues about his relationship with the deceased and other co-accused," public prosecutor, Surinder Bairagi, assisted in the court by Assistant Commissioner of police, Panchkula, Virendar Singh, said.

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