Tik­Tok ‘vil­lain’, wanted for 3 mur­ders, kills him­self on bus

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Front Page - Harveer Dabas

Bi­jnor: The hunt for fugi­tive crim­i­nal Ash­wini Ku­mar alias Johnny

Dada ended with the 30-year-old shoot­ing him­self dead early Satur­day in a bus which po­lice had stopped here for check­ing. Ash­wini was car­ry­ing a pis­tol, two mag­a­zines and a 14-page note with de­tailed ac­count of three mur­ders — of a woman work­ing in a Dubai ho­tel and a BJP leader’s son and nephew — he had al­legedly com­mit­ted last week.

With no prior crim­i­nal record, Ash­wini, who was fond of up­load­ing Tik­Tok videos wherein he por­trayed him­self as a “vil­lain” and used the alias of Johnny Dada, struck ter­ror in Bi­jnor fol­low­ing the mur­ders. Be­fore that, he used to post mes­sages, such as “I’ll de­stroy every­thing” and “Devil is ready now”, on the Face­book.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, Ash­wini in­vited BJP leader Bhim Singh Kashyap’s son Rahul Ku­mar, 24, and his cousin Kr­ishna alias Lala, 25, for a drink and pumped mul­ti­ple bul­lets into them fol­low­ing adis­pute in Bi­jnor’s Barha­pur.

On Septem­ber 30, Ash­wini barged into the house of 27year-old Ni­tika Sharma, who worked with a ho­tel in Dubai and had come to her home­town in Bi­jnor for her wed­ding, and shot her mul­ti­ple times. Re­ferred to a higher fa­cil­ity in Mo­rad­abad, she breathed her last later that night.Ac­cord­ing to Ni­tika’s fam­ily, Ash­wini had made ad­vances and was spurned by her in 2002 . Later, she shifted to Dubai and set­tled there. The episode was for­got­ten, or so they thought.

Amas­sive man­hunt in­volv­ing drones and teams from var­i­ous po­lice sta­tions was launched. Bi­jnor SP (ru­ral) Vish­wa­jeet Sri­vas­tava said, “Ash­wini’s location was traced to Nag­ina area in Bi­jnor from where he was try­ing to flee and had boarded a bus. A team of lo­cal po­lice stopped the bus at 1:15 am on Satur­day.”

When the po­lice­men ap­proached a man who had cov­ered his face with a hand­ker­chief, Ash­wini whipped out his pis­tol and shot him­self in the head. He died on the spot.

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