Chandigarh Police on Wednesday have booked two property dealers, Darshan Singh and Balwinder, for allegedly killing their partner in February last year. Karamchand, an employee of the Punjab government, has also been booked.
Ashok Kumar, 32, a resident of SAS Nagar, died under mysterious circumstances last year. His viscera reports were sent for examination which later confirmed that he was poisoned.
Giving details, the DSP (east) Vijay Kumar said, “The case has been registered following the confirmation of poison in viscera report and after seeking legal opinion into the incident.”
Going into the background, the DSP said “Karamchand, who works in Sector 7, had approached Darshan for purchasing land. Darshan, along with Ashok and Balwinder, took Karamchand to the site at a village near Ambala on February 25. All four returned in the evening, and Balwinder got down at Banur.”
The DSP said as the trio reached Chandigarh, Ashok started feeling unwell. He was rushed to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, where he was declared dead on arrival. Ashok's family alleged murder and forwarded a complaint to the Patiala senior superintendent of police (SSP) in this regard.
Deceased's relative Harduari Lal of SAS Nagar had alleged that Darshan Singh of SAS Nagar and others had murdered Ashok.
The DSP added the post-mortem of Ashok was conducted at a Banur hospital, and viscera was sent for examination. Later, in May, the viscera report indicated that Ashok died due to consumption of poison. The report had suggested that phosphorous organic pesticide was found in his body.
The Patiala SSP forwarded the report to Chandigarh Police, which after taking legal opinion into the incident registered a case of murder against Darshan Singh and his accomplices.
The police registered a case of murder and criminal conspiracy in the matter under sections 302 and 120-B of IPC at the Sector 26 police station.
The DSP added that efforts were on track the trio and the exact reason could be known only after they were arrested.
He added that details such as how did Ashok consume poison and what was the motive behind the murder would be clear during further investigations.