Two men in their 20s, drinking partners to a 58-year-old resident of Phase 11, tied up his hands, gagged him with a piece of cloth and slit his throat on a dispute over Rs 2,500 on the night of September 3, the police have claimed, after the duo was arrested within a day of the crime coming to light, on Sunday. The accused also attempted to rob the man, knowing that he had recently received Rs 50,000, having stayed with him for two months.
The decomposed body of Naib Singh, employed at Mahindra Swaraj Tractors Company at Phase 4, was found at his residence in Phase 11, on Saturday morning.
The accused have been identified as Dalbir Singh alias Chotta and Manjeet Singh, residents of Amlala village in Dera Bassi, also the native village of the deceased.
Superintendent of police (headquarters) Harpal Singh Sandhu told reporters that the accused had stayed at the victim’s house for two months, banking on the fact that they were from his village.
They had become friendly with the victim and even renovated his house at a cost of around Rs 2,500.
However, Naib’s sons objected to the duo staying in the house and asked them to move out, following which the accused asked him to return the money spent on renovation. This demand was reportedly refused and infuriated the duo, leading to the plan and execution of the murder.
On September 3, while having drinks at Naib’s place, both of them tied him and hit him on his head with bricks and stone. They even stabbed him several times on his stomach.
“The accused knew that Naib Singh had received Rs 50,000 from his company. This was the chief reason that led them to hatch the conspiracy,” the SP added.
Phase-11 SHO Naveen Pal Lehal said the neighbours disclosed the description of both the accused, on the basis of which both were identified and arrested from Jheurheri and Amlala villages on early Sunday morning.
A case under section 302 (murder) has been filed against the accused.
Both were produced before the magistrate and have been remanded to three-day police custody.