3 accused sent to police custody

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 21, 2014 22:59 IST

All three accused in the murder case of Sector-49 model Puneet Sandhu, 27, were sent to two-day police custody by the local court on Tuesday.

The accused arrested are Ram Lal, his daughter Anju and Anju's friend Supreet. Sandhu was found murdered at her Sector-49 flat on October 16 after she was shot at point-blank range and had suffered three bullet injuries on her face and shoulder.

Police on Tuesday made a request for five-day custody of the accused to ascertain the motive of murder and also to study call records of the mobile phones recovered from the accused.

However, the court granted two-day custody for the interrogation of the accused. Till now, police have ruled out involvement of Amit Chaudhary, Sandhu's live-in partner, in the murder.

As per the complaint filed by Sandhu's sister, Sandhu was in live-in relationship with Chaudhary for around past five years. Chaudhary, however, was married and had two children, and Chaudhary's father Ram Lal had killed Sandhu as he was against their relationship, as per the complainant.

During the investigation, police have also recovered the weapon, a country-made pistol, used in the murder and live cartridges from alleged murderer's (Supreet) residence, and had also recovered five mobile phones from Ram Lal's possession.

On Tuesday, during the hearing of the case, the defence counsel submitted to the court that police had nothing more to recover from the accused and there was no need of their police custody. The defence counsel also alleged that even the three accused were beaten up by police in the custody.

To ascertain whether the allegations of the defence counsel were correct, civil judge (junior division) Hasan Deep Singh Bajwa ordered to conduct the medical examination of all three accused after every 24 hours and submit the medical reports to the court.

As per police investigation, till now, it was Chaudhary's decision to shift Sandhu to his Sector-47 residence, which was immediate provocation of the murder for Chaudhary's family.

Accused purchased pistol from Sec-56 resident

Police said the accused had purchased the pistol from Lali, a resident of Sector 56, and efforts were on to nab him. Meanwhile, Amit has shown displeasure over the entire incident and the involvement of his father, sister and close friend in the crime.

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