A day after a youngster allegedly shot and killed his sister and her boyfriend in a suspected case of honour killing in Hambran village on the outskirts of Ludhiana, another brutal double murder in the area shocked the city.
The bodies of deputy superintendent of police (Dy SP) Balraj Gill and a young woman were found at a farmhouse 7km from Ludhiana city in the early hours of Thursday.
Gill’s body was sprawled on the sofa, his skull smashed and throat slit with sharp-edged weapons. The woman, who is yet be identified and is said to be between 25 and 30 years of age, had severe injury marks on her head and back, and her face disfigured beyond recognition. Her body was found in the bathroom.
Gill, who was around 45 years old and posted in Moga, was on official leave and visiting his family in Ludhiana. Ludhiana police commissioner Ishwar Chander said the DySP had left his home at around 5pm on Wednesday to meet friends. Unable to trace or contact him till 10.30 pm, Gill’s family reported the matter to the police, he said.
The commissioner said that according to evidence gathered from the crime scene, the killers first attacked the Dy SP 20 metres from the entrance of the farmhouse. There was another second scuffle at the gate. He was finally murdered inside the farmhouse. The assailants then killed the woman.
Chander said it was evident that Gill was being followed as he was murdered soon after he reached the farmhouse.
However, information revealed by police sources is at odds with some of the claims made by the police. Sources said Gill’s family did not register any complaint and an unidentified person made a call to the police control room in the wee hours of Thursday informing them about the murder.