The police claimed to have solved the murder mystery of a 30-year-old labourer, Manoj, with the arrest of an auto-rickshaw driver Inderjit Singh alias Sunny, 32, a resident of Kabir Nagar, Ludhiana, on Monday.
The crime wing of Ludhiana police commissionerate claimed that the accused, Suny, had confessed that he knew Manoj and had killed him over monetary issues.
The police said they tracked the deceased’s mobile, which was being used by the accused and arrested him on Monday.
The accused told the police that Manoj used to run a chitfund scheme, and the accused Inderjit Singh had invested some money with the deceased on monthly-basis. But, a few weeks ago, Singh had withdrawn
50,000 before paying all instalments.
The police told that on April 16 late, the accused ferried Manoj towards Sangowal in his threewheeler, and expressed his helplessness in paying instalments of for the chit-fund scheme, following which they entered into a scuffle.
In a fit of rage, the accused hit Manoj with a brick in his head until he died. After killing Manoj, the accused took his mobile phone, wallet containing ? 2,400 and voter card to give it a shape of loot.
The Daba police had called him several times to join the investigation, but the accused had not revealed anything before the police. The ADCP said the accused was using deceased’s mobile phone with his own SIM card.
The police have also recovered deceased’s voter card and mobile phone, accused’s blood-stained clothes and shoes that he was wearing during crime.
ADCP crime, Manjit Singh Dhesi, said, “On April 17, the Daba police had recovered body of an unidentified man from a vacant shop on Begoana Road near Lohara Canal Bridge that was bludgeoned to death with bricks and stones. The police had then registered a case of killing against ans unidentified person, and initiated investigation.”
Later, on April 23, Banke Lal, a resident of Kabir Nagar, identified the pictures of the deceased as his son Manoj Kumar, who had gone missing on April 16.
The ADCP said police commissioner Pramod Ban marked an investigation into the matter to the crime wing after which the accused was arrested.