Repentance was nowhere to be seen on the faces of murder accused Vajinder Singh and his girlfriend Renu, when they were produced in the local court on Wednesday. The court of judicial magistrate (JMIC) Ravi Gulati sent the two, booked for killing Vajinder’s wife Pooja on July 13, in two-day police remand.
Vajinder and Renu have been booked under sections 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence or giving false information) and 34 (act done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian penal code (IPC).
High drama prevailed at the district court complex when both Vajinder and Renu were brought out of the court premises. Appearing quite confident as if nothing had happened, the two told the media that whatever they did was right and they didn’t regret their decision.
Investigating officer Inspector Harjeet Kaur told the court that the two, Vajinder and Renu, had been booked for the murder of his wife Pooja. The UT police sought two-day police remand of the accused for “recovering the belongings of the deceased Pooja, like her mobile phone and purse, besides the cloth used to strangulate Pooja and the bottle used to burn the body”.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Harjeet Kaur said: “Vajinder was having an extra-marital relationship with Renu. He asked his wife Pooja to divorce him, which she refused. Her refusal to agree for a mutual divorce seemed to have triggered the plan to kill Pooja.”
Police claimed that on July 13, Vajinder offered to drop Pooja to her work place instead of her regular travel by bus. On the way in Sector 8, he offered Pooja a cold drink laced with an intoxicant.
Vajinder then picked up Renu from Sector 9 and the two tried to strangulate Pooja. Considering her dead, Vajinder started driving out of the city and secured Pooja with a seat belt in the front seat to escape the probing eyes of cops. However, Pooja regained consciousness and Vajinder tried to strangulate her twice, but failed to kill her.
In an attempt to conceal her identity, the accused bought 1-litre petrol and the two then set Pooja on fire at a village near Hoshiarpur, Renu’s hometown. Satisfied that they had covered their tracks, Renu stayed back in Hoshiarpur while Vajinder came back.
However, the plan went wrong when Vajinder’s father lodged a missing report at Sector 19 police station. The half-burnt body of Pooja was recovered from Meghowal village, around 20 km from Hoshiarpur, on Tuesday. The brother of the deceased identified the body. Meanwhile, the body of Pooja was handed over to her brother and in-laws after the post-mortem.