Chopped body returned to haunt killers

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Panchkula
  • Updated: Sep 25, 2014 10:58 IST

Police on Wednesday claimed to have cracked the Harkesh Kumar murder case, in which pieces of his body were recovered over three days the last weekend. Brij Pal, 45, and his wife Guddu, 40, residents of Sector 28-based Ashiana flats were arrested for the murder on Wednesday and have confessed to the crime. Their police remand has also been taken.

Motive and murder

Guddu and the victim Harkesh were in a relationship. When Brij Pal got to know about it, he decided to teach them a lesson. He made Guddu call Harkesh on September 18 afternoon, asking him to come their home, where, the police claim, he was strangulated to death.

After he lost consciousness, Brij Pal, who worked as a mason, chopped the Harkesh’s body into six pieces — head, torso, arms and legs — using a stone cutter he had at home.
To destroy evidence, the body parts were dumped at different places, either in the gutter or the rainwater drain in Sector 28.

Police investigation

On September 20, an arm of Harkesh was recovered. On September 21, the other arm and two legs were recovered. The next day the severed head of victim was found. On the basis of that, the victim was identified by his wife Urmila. From here onwards, the police investigations started. The police got the call detail record of Harkesh, who besides working as an electrician also worked as a middleman for making ration cards.

After carefully examining the call records, it zeroed in on the last call.

It was made from a number bought on the ID of Guddu’s sister-in-law Kanchan, a resident of Sector 28.

The last call was 385 seconds. The last tower location of Harkesh was also in Sector 28, which led the police to suspect a link.

They interrogated Guddu and then her husband Brij Pal, who confessed to the crime.

Torso recovered

“During the custody on Wednesday, the accused couple disclosed the place where they had dumped Harkesh’s torso,” said DCP Rahul Sharma.

The police in the presence of independent witness recovered the torso from a place near Ramgarh Fort under a bridge. “They also led us to the spot in the house where they chopped the body,” said inspector Arvind Kumar, Chandimandir SHO.

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