The lust for easy money through robbery finally landed nine youth, aged between 25 to 30 years, behind the bars.
The city police on Sunday arrested them for murder of property dealer Lehmbar Singh and looting over Rs six lakhs cash from victim’s New Hardyal Nagar residence here on Wednesday. The police have recovered gold and silver ornaments from their possession.
The arrested youth committed the crime for the first time in their life, as none of them have any past criminal record. One of the co-accused Jhakhhar (40) was still at large. The city police were claiming that the cash booty of Rs six lakhs was in Jhakhhar’s possession. The police have recovered just Rs 12,000 from the arrested persons so far.
The arrested persons have been identified as Jalandhar’s Narinder Singh alias Ladda of Kabulpur village, Ajay Geer of Santokhpura locality, Ravinder Kumar of Lamba Pind village, Bunty Kumar of Shekhe village and Maninder Singh, Rajesh Singh and Harpreet Singh of New Hardyal Nagar. Two accused belonged to Hoshiarpur district including Inderpal of Bencha and Gagandeep Singh of Shahpur village.
Additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP) Naresh Dogra, addressing a press conference, said that the needle of suspicion pointed towards Bunty Kumar of Shekhe village after deceased’s wife Devi Rani informed that Bunty was nursing a grudge with her husband over Lehmbar’s refusal to pay commission amount on sale of a property.
Dogra said that systematic investigations led the police to Bunty, who confessed having planned the robbery at victim’s house. “Bunty hatched the conspiracy and sought the help of Maninder Singh in committing robbery at Lehmbar’s residence. Maninder, in turn, approached Narinder Singh, who arranged youngsters to commit the crime. While Bunty, Maninder and Harpreet were entrusted with planning task, rest of the accused executed the robbery and murder before decamping with Rs six lakhs and other valuable from the spot,” he added.
Dogra said the accused had earlier planned to execute the task last week, but Bunty advised the group against the move since Lehmbar’s daughter had visited the parents and was putting up with the family for some days.
“The arrested youth was not involved in any crime in the past. Bunty lured them into robbery plan on the pretext of sharing money,” he said, adding that the accused barged into Lehmbar’s residence by using a ladder to execute the robbery plan and later ended up killing the property dealer, who resisted their moves.
The arrested persons were being produced in the court while efforts were on to nab the absconding accused.