The dreams of an aspiring athlete to represent his country and bring medals home were shattered when he got arrested on serious charges of kidnap and murder of an e-rickshaw driver in Baghpat.

Deepak Verma, specialising in the 400-meter sprint, was arrested and sent to jail along with the main accused in a kidnapping cum murder case. Deepak, who originally belongs to a village in Muzaffarnagar, was undergoing his training at a sports academy of village Luhari which is being run by his aunt (mother’s sister).

Deepak’s mother, Pooja Verma, however, has rebutted the charges and also approached the National Human Right Commission ( NHRC) seeking justice for her son. She said that Deepak has been working hard and preparing for the forthcoming national and international events.

Deepak had won a medal at an event held in Bhutan.

SP Baghpat Shailesh Kumar Pandey said Deepak had kidnapped the victim Mohit who was later murdered. Deepak’s friend Ajay, of village Kherki in Baghpat and his father Lokendra shot him dead in the jungle of village Lohari on January 3 and his body was recovered the following day.

Actually, a girl from Ajay’s family had eloped with Mohit’s younger brother Prashant in November last year. Ajay and his father Lokendra asked Mohit repeatedly to help them in tracing the girl but he did not divulge any information. This angered the father and son who decided to eliminate him for which they took the help of Deepak who reportedly kidnapped Mohit who was later shot dead.

While police managed to arrest Ajay and Deepak on Sunday, Lokendra is still at large.