Ferozepur resident Gurmeet Singh, who was on the run since allegedly shooting dead a 21-year-old woman in Phase 5 here on Monday, surrendered at the Phase 1 police station on Friday.
Police said Gurmeet Singh alias Gora Sandhu confessed to his crime before a Ferozepur resident, which was considered an extrajudicial confession. Consequently, he was presented before the SAS Nagar police with the help of his family and a senior BJP leader. The police have also recovered the .32 bore revolver used in the crime.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gurpreet Singh Bhullar claimed that Gurmeet confessed to having nicked the weapon of his cousin, Angrez Singh, while the latter was not home, adding that they were looking into Angrez’s role in the matter. He added that Gurmeet had fired five shots at the woman, Amandeep Kaur, and even planned to shoot himself, but instead fled the spot in panic.
Police claimed that Amandeep was in a relation with Gurmeet for the past six years, but refused to marry him as the two belonged to different castes.
Superintendent of police (detective) Gursharandeep Grewal said parents of both Amandeep and Gurmeet were against their match, which led to the woman’s decision to avoid the accused.
As a result, Gurmeet hatched a conspiracy to murder her and nicked his cousin’s weapon to commit the crime, before reaching the rented accommodation of his friend, Jagroop Singh, in Sector 48, Chandigarh.
A senior police officer said the accused went to Amandeep’s training centre on Monday morning, but did not find her there. He later intercepted her near her paying guest accommodation on Monday evening, and fled after shooting her dead.
The cop added that after committing the crime, both Gurmeet and Jagroop managed to flee the spot separately, following which Gurmeet travelled by bus to his native place Ferozepur. He then started changing his position frequently to avoid arrest.
He added that the police were investigating into how the accused knew about the woman’s movement, even as she was avoiding his calls for the past several months.
The police said they were yet to arrest Jagroop. However, Gurmeet’s interrogation did not point towards his involvement in the crime. But they were yet to give him a clean chit, and a manhunt continued to arrest him and Angrez, whose weapon the accused used in the crime.