Kuldeep Singh, 18, whose dismembered body was found on Thursday from Bhati Mines, was killed by his three close friends over an alleged love affair, initial probe into the incident has revealed.
One among the accused is a minor, who has been apprehended, while the two others have been arrested, the police said.
The alleged main accused, a 17-year-old school dropout, planned Kuldeep’s murder after he saw him talking to a girl from the same neighbourhood. The other accused have been identified as Pritam and Krishan, also friends of the victim.
“They were arrested on Thursday night after police sifted through call details of the accused, which showed that the minor had called Kuldeep at about 9pm,” said a police officer.
Police said the accused confessed to their crime and said it was the minor who ripped apart Kuldeep’s body, cutting out his heart and private parts and put them on fire.
Sources said the accused were brought in for questioning at 9pm on Thursday, hours after Kuldeep’s body was found almost 500 metres from his house in a forest area of Bhati Mines.
“After killing Kuldeep, the trio buried his belongings and the murder weapons — a knife and a meat cleaver — in the ground and left his body for animals. The belongings were later recovered at their instance,” said a senior police officer. The juvenile, Pritam and Kuldeep went to the same school and were often spotted hanging out together. “After the juvenile started doing drugs, Kuldeep distanced himself from him,” said Vir Chand, Kuldeep’s father.
Police said Kuldeep’s body was dismembered so brutality that it could be identified only with the help of his tattoo. “His neck was brutally squashed with stones and the police found his disfigured head lying nearby. The boy had his name tattooed on his arm, which helped us in recognising him,” said Vijay Pal, an eyewitness.
While police officials had ruled out robbery as the cause of murder, they had indicated a love triangle and personal vendetta as the motive behind the murder. The DCP (south) Prem Nath, however, could not be reached for his comments despite several attempts.