A lot of us have sold our bikes online on classifieds websites or even got a good deal on a used one on social media platforms like Facebook etc because it’s convenient and the choices for potential deals are endless.
Bangalore-based software professional Sohan Haldar did the same when he wanted to sell his KTM Duke 390 on an urgent basis. Sohan posted an ad in one of the Facebook classified groups called “Second to none” but little did he knew that a simple ad would turn fatal for him.
Sohan was contacted by 30 years old Karthik, an engineering graduate and a resident of Rajajinagar and told him that he is interested in buying his bike. Karthik met Sohan at his apartment on 1st of August to view the bike and came again on 3rd August to finalize the deal. But Karthik, having past serious criminal records of robbery and extortion, had an evil plan.
In the name of deal celebrations, he offered Sohan alcohol laced with Silver Potassium content (cyanide) and forcefully covered his face with a cloth, which resulted in his death due to asphyxiation. He then took away the bike keys, helmet and the wallet containing ATM card and withdrew Rs. 27,000 in cash as Sohan had the habit fo writing ATM pin on his card.
Sohan’s decomposed body was found after 3 days of the incident and police initially suspected a foul play by his 3 other roommates but could not zero in on any one. Later, going through the call details of Sohan’s mobile phone, cops were able to trace Karthik and arrested him on Wednesday.
The biggest learning we all should take away from this horrible incident is that to never be alone while you deal with a buyer or seller for anything, be it a vehicle or other expensive valuable. Always have your friends or family around just to be safe.
Our thoughts go out to Sohan family and friends. May god give them strength to overcome this hard time.
News source | KTM in cover image: cycleworld.com
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