Forty-eight hours after an unmarried couple was found dead at Kotli Veran village in Batala police district, police claimed that after being failed to get positive response from the girl with whom he had a long affair, victim Amarjeet Singh “murdered” her and later “committed suicide” by hanging himself from a tree”.
Ruling out the chance of honour killing, superintendent of police (SP, investigation) Pardeep Malik, who was supervising the investigating team, said police had got the call details of both the victims, and found that Amarjeet (25) and Mandeep (22) had made as many as 20 phone calls to each other from their phones on Tuesday, while the last call between them was recorded at 11.30pm.
During the course of investigation, police learnt that the couple had an affair for several years, but in 2012, when Amarjeet Singh was lodged in a jail in a murder case, the relation between them got soured, said the SP, adding, Amarjeet, however, kept pressurising her.
On the night of May 14, Amarjeet “barged” into her house and tried to persuade Mandeep, said the SP, but when she refused to follow him, Amarjeet “killed” her with a sharp-edged weapon and later hung himself from a tree, few meters away from his house.
Malik claimed the post-mortem report of Amarjeet also pointed to a suicide.
Meanwhile, Amarjeet’s father Randhir Singh refused to accept the police claim, alleging that his son was murdered by Mandeep’s family.
He said both Amarjeet and Mandeep had good understanding between them, but Mandeep’s family was not ready to accept their relationship.
On Tuesday night, Mandeep’s family members might have found them together after which they hanged Amarjeet to death to make it look like a suicide, claimed Randhir Singh.
Demanding a thorough probe into the case, he said he would approach to the higher authorities if the Batala police did not register a case of murder against Mandeep’s family.
Batala senior superintendent of police (SSP) Inderbir Singh was not available for comments despite repeated attempts.