A local court on Thursday awarded life term to two Bapu Dham Colony residents after they were found guilty of killing their friend for allegedly having suspected illicit relations with the sister-in-law of the one of the convicts.
The two would spend the rest of their life behind bars.
District and sessions judge SK Aggarwal pronounced the quantum of punishment against Jagpal (29) and his friend Rakesh, alias Tinku (25), and also imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 on each after finding them guilty of strangulating their friend Deepak, alias Deepu (25), to death over suspected illicit relations with Jagpal's sister-in-law (brother's wife) and then smashing the victim's face.
The Chandigarh police had registered a case on August 14 last year on complaint of Kaka Singh, a watchman, after he spotted a mutilated body of an unidentified person in the forest area near Sector 26.
Later, the victim was identified as Deepak alias Deepu (25) and the police arrested Jagpal and Rakesh for Deepak's murder on August 16.
As per the police, Jagpal suspected Deepak of having illicit relations with his sister-in-law and thus planned to kill Deepak with the help of Rakesh.
The police had claimed that the two on August 13 first strangulated Deepak and later smashed his face to conceal his identity.
Button found near victim's body helped nail accused
It was button of Jagpal's shirt that helped nail the accused. The police had recovered button from near Deepak's body which was missing from Jagpal's shirt. This led to the arrest of the two and their subsequent conviction. Besides, the extra-judicial confession of Jagpal before his friend admitting to murder also proved their guilt.