Death due to drug overdose: Father's application for slappingof murder charge dismissed

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Apr 25, 2015 09:15 IST

Additional district and sessions judge Anshu Shukla on Friday dismissed the application seeking slapping of murder charge against the accused filed by father of Manisha Singh Thakur, 20, daughter of Sector 22-based Nukkar Dhaba owner, who had died of drug overdose.

In the application, victim's father Joginder Singh alleged that accused Dilpreet Singh, 22, used to threaten of eliminating her, as was revealed through the data retrieved from her mobile phone.

Manisha's death was a well-planned murder, and to pass it off as murder, the accused gave her overdose of drugs, he alleged.

The defence counsel had objected to the application saying it was not maintainable.

Manisha, who was pursuing an architecture course at a Sector-34 institute, was found dead in a drain on the Rajpura Road near Shambhu barrier in Haryana on October 21 last.

During the investigation, police narrowed on to her friend Rajat Beniwal, 21, who told police that he, Manisha, another friend Kamal, and Dilpreet, with whom Manisha was in a relationship, were consuming heroin inside his car in SAS Nagar when Manisha died, apparently due to drug overdose.

Police claimed that accused Rajat, Kamal and Dilpreet panicked when Manisha died and decided to put the body in the car, drove it to an isolated place near the Shambhu border, and dumped the body in a drain.

Manisha's body was found from the place identified by Rajat. Kamal was arrested from his residence in Sector 56 and Dilpreet from Phase 10 in SAS Nagar. Rajat, a resident of Sector 51, is a student of the evening college at Panjab University, Kamal runs a dhaba in Sector 37D and Dilpreet is studying interior designing. They are facing trial for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

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