Lohia Killer Was 99% Sad, His Diary Reveals

SRINAGAR: The domestic help who has killed his employer, DG Prisons, HK Lohia, has left the tell-tale details of his state of mind that sleuths have discovered during the investigations. It suggests he was an acute case of depression.

“I hate my life. Zindagi to bas takleef deti hai. Sukoon to ab maut hi degi. (Life only brings sorrow, only death will bring me peace now),” one note on his diary revealed. These notes were shared with the media by the Jammu and Kashmir Police in Jammu. “Dear death, please come into my life. I am always waiting for you.”

An entry in his personal diary offered a glimpse his state of mind. “My life 1% Happy 10% Love 0% Tension 90% Sad 99% Fake smile 100%,” the note reads.

The notebook also had references to some Hindi songs like Bhula Dena Mujhe.

Some pages also carried short notes ruminating on heartbreak, life and death, according to a report that appeared in the media.

Sources told Kashmir Life that the domestic help belonged to a remote area in Ramban. “His actual name is Yasir Ahmad Lohar and they live in Halla belt,” one reporter from Ramban said. “He had somehow passed the matriculation but dropped out of secondary school well before he would reach twelfth class.” He was enrolled with Higher Secondary School Rajgarh.

Lohar was arrested from a field in Kanhachak, around 10 km from the place where the incident happened, followed a major all-night manhunt. He is being interrogated.

Last night when Yasir fled after killing his employer, the police contacted his family including his two brothers, his fiancé and his father-in-law. “The police thought, he may contact them,” the reporter said. They were also questioned.

Preliminary police investigations suggest that Yasir had gone into Lohia’s room to help him in massaging his swollen foot. He later locked the room from inside and attacked him. While making attempts to suffocate him, the killer used a broken ketchup bottle in slitting his throat. He had also attempted setting him afire.

The police said though the family comprising Lohia’s wife, daughter and son attempted to break into the room, they failed. Lohar had vanished from the back door of the house before the family members could enter the room which showed signs of a scuffle and a desperate attempt of the police officer to save himself, officials said. Police said the guards located the flames and broke into the room and saw their officer murdered. His son is scheduled to marry in December.

Yasir Ahmad, the domestic help who is held responsible for the murder of HK Lohia on October 3, 2022, at Jammu is on the run.

Though Yasir was working for Lohia for six months, reports suggest that he was out of home for almost two years. It was not immediately known where the young man worked before he joined Lohia’s kitchen.

Lohia, a senior IPS officer was basically from Assam and joined the Jammu and Kashmir cadre on October 11, 1992. Interestingly he was DIG of the Ramban Doda range earlier.

In 2016, Lohia went on central deputation and joined the Border Security force for seven years. He served as IG BSF  in Tripura, IG HR, and IG Administration as well. He returned to Srinagar after serving as IG Technical Services. In Jammu and Kashmir, he was IG Traffic in 2012 and transferred to Director Special Service Group. Lohia served as Commandant General of State Disaster Management Force, Home Guard, before getting the seat of DG Prisons.

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