The badly decomposed body of former Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee secretary Rajwant Singh Shergill, 40, was found from his MUV abandoned in a residential area at Sector 69 here on Wednesday morning.
The hands and legs of Shergill, a Kharar resident, were tied with a rope; the throat was slit and there were visible injury marks on the body as the police recovered the body.
According to the family, the deceased, also president of Mahatma Gandhi Welfare Sangathan, Punjab, reportedly left the house on May 18, saying he was going to Delhi. Initial leads point towards an extra marital affair.
SAS Nagar SSP Gursharan Singh, who reached the spot, said, “We got a call from residents on Wednesday morning that an MUV — PB 65 U 6066 -- was lying abandoned in a residential area at Sector 69.
When we reached there, we found that foul smell was emanating from it and we found the body. We also recovered a photo album and a ladies purse from the vehicle and are working on several angles.”
From the purse, the police found the photocopy of an identity card of a Panjab University woman student. The police have detained the woman, a divorcee, who was reportedly in touch with the deceased for the past few years.
It was learnt that the deceased had an hour-long phone conversation with the woman on May 18. The police detained her for questioning but did not arrest her.
The police confirmed that the deceased was in touch with the woman on phone as the call data indicated that there were calls from the deceased’s number to the woman.
The police said the phone data revealed that someone had tampered with it, pointing to a deep-rooted conspiracy.
The mother of the PU student has claimed that Shergill had proposed to her daughter about four years back for marriage, though nothing could materialise as Shergill was already married.
From the crime spot, it appeared that the body was possible dumped in the car to mislead investigators only a single phone number was present in the phone data of the deceased.
It was also learnt that his phone was also used by somebody, as the call details revealed that the last call was made on May 20.
The accused had been previously attacked
Shergill had previously been shot at by two unidentified persons at Chamkaur Sahib, on March 17. He sustained bullet injuries and was rushed to the civil hospital in Chamkaur Sahib, from where doctors had referred him to the PGIMER in Chandigarh.