Ratlam: A Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker from Madhya Pradesh’s Ratlam district on Monday said that he faked his own murder to claim insurance money worth Rs 20 Lakh to repay the debt.

Himmat Patidar, the RSS worker allegedly killed his farm labourer named Malviya to pass it off as his own murder. In order to conceal the deceased’s identity, the RSS worker burnt his face.  The body of the labourer was found in his field at Kamed village in Ratlam district on January 23.

Further, the identity of the deceased was established through a DNA test, police confirmed. The police cracked the case within five days of recovery of the body and deciphered the suspected role of Patidar.

The police are trying to know if Patidar’s kin were also involved in the crime and probing the matter further. As of now, Patidar is on the run.

“During the probe, police found out that Madan Malviya, who used to work on Patidar’s farm, had been missing. We also noticed that the physical build of the corpse resembled with Malviya,” the topmost police official said. He said police initially believed that Malviya had ‘killed’ Patidar, but got suspicious after they found a diary near the dead body containing details like Patidar’s insurance policy number, his fixed deposits, bank pin number etc.

Police also found a mobile phone handset with the body, but found out that all call-related data was deleted.

“This prompted us to order DNA test of the victim,” the SP said, adding that the test report revealed that the victim was not Patidar but Malviya,” the official said.

Suggesting that Patidar’s planning was meticulous but for a flaw, the SP said the accused dressed the victim in his own clothes after killing him but didn’t change his under-pant, an oversight that revealed the true identity of the deceased.

“The accused failed to change the deceased’s underwear with his own which ultimately led to the identification of Malviya by his wife,” the senior police officer said.

(With PTI inputs)