New Delhi, May 4: Vijay Singh, the hotelier arrested in connection with Tuesday’s murder of assistant town planner Shail Bala Sharma in Kasauli has confessed to the police. Singh has told the police that he had decided to kill Sharma as she carried out a Supreme Court order to raze illegal construction from hotels in Kasauli because she refused to accept the bribe he offered, says a report in The Times of India.

Singh was arrested from Mathura on Thursday evening by a team of Himachal and Delhi cops. He was accused of shooting at Sharma on Tuesday during the demolition drive after a heated argument between him and his mother Narayani Devi, and Sharma over illegal construction at their Narayani Guest House. Singh had fled as soon as Sharma fell to the ground and had been evading an arrest since. “A team led by inspector Ritesh Kumar tracked him down to Vrindavan. The information was shared with our counterparts in Himachal Pradesh and a joint team found him near the Banke Bihari temple (in Vrindavan),” said Delhi police DCP (crime) Rajesh Deo.

According to the police, Singh then escaped to a nearby forest. Then he hired a taxi to Mathura and intended to go to Nepal. Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court had pulled up the Himachal government for Sharma’s death during an anti-encroachment drive. It asked the state government to tell the court what steps had been taken to put a check on illegal construction. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur told ANI that most of the illegal construction had been done in the earlier Congress regime.