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Double murder: Year after crime, charges framed against 6 accused

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, January 16, 2013
First Published: 10:36 IST(16/1/2013) | Last Updated: 11:17 IST(16/1/2013)

The court of the additional sessions judge here on Tuesday framed charges against all six accused in the double murder of Moga DSP Balraj Singh Gill (46) and Monika Kapila Bajaj (40).

Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Gill and Bajaj were found murdered at a farmhouse on the Humbran road on February 2 last year. The police had arrested Harwinder Singh, Pritpal Singh and Umesh Karda on April 5 for inflicting fatal injuries on the victims. Following information provided by the main accused, their accomplices Ravinder Singh, Hasanjit Singh and Davinder Pal had been arrested. Belongings of the deceased, including mobile phones, an Innova car and a Chevrolet Optra Magnum, were also found from the accused.
The police had submitted the chargesheet on June 15.

Harpreet Sandhu, counsel for complainant Kashmira Singh Gill   the deceased DSP's father   and public prosecutor SS Gill had argued during the previous court hearing that this case happened to be one of the most heinous crimes ever committed in the state wherein a well-decorated police officer was brutally murdered.

Sandhu said the court had done justice by framing charges against the accused as per circumstantial evidence and the chain of events proved by the prosecution that a criminal conspiracy had been hatched by the accused. The court has fixed the next date of hearing on January 29.

The complainant's counsel had sought framing of charges under sections 302 (murder), 379 (theft), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence), 404 (dishonest misappropriation of property), 471 (forgery) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.

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