Judge 'deliberately' hit by auto in Jharkhand, shows CCTV footage

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CCTV footage of judge murder (Image: Screengrab from CCTV footage)
CCTV footage of judge murder (Image: Screengrab from CCTV footage)

Dhanbad : A death of a judge in Jharkhand was initially believed to be a hit and run case, with a CCTV video emerging it is now confirmed that it was a murder. The video shows an auto hitting the judge while he was out for a morning run.

The driver of the auto-rickshaw has been arrested along with an associate, said the police. The Jharkhand High Court has reacted to the incident and reacted sharply on the delay in action by the police.

Judge Uttam Anand was on a morning run when he was hit by an unidentified vehicle at just half a km from his home in Dhanbad.

CCTV footage that has surfaced online shows the judge jogging at around 5 am by a deserted stretch of road as an auto takes a turn and appears to go straight for him. The auto rams the judge and drives off.

The judge was found bleeding on the side of the road and lost his life at the hospital. Initially, he remained unidentified, later his family reported him missing and the police finally tracked him down to the hospital and established him as the man who had died in the accident.

The police has confirmed with the CCTV footage that the auto deliberately struck him.

"Two people -- Lakhan Kumar Verma and Rahul Verma -- have been arrested and the auto was seized. They have confessed," said Amol Vinukant Homkar, Inspector General.