Patiala police have claimed to solve a double murder case of 2009 with the arrest of three persons.
Addressing a press conference here, SSP Gurpreet Singh Gill identified the arrested accused as Ajaypal Singh and Gurpreet Singh, both residents of Jalandhar, and Saleem Kumar of Sirhind Road, Patiala.
The SSP said that police had found the bodies of two youths - later identified as Jalandhar residents Subhash Kumar and Happy - on Sirhind Road on May 22, 2009, which appeared to be a case of accidental deaths. However, post-mortem reports indicated that the victims were murdered with sharp-edged weapon.
The SSP said that Subhash along with his friends Happy and Gurpreet had come to Patiala on May 21, 2009, to meet Saleem. All were drunk when Subhash and Happy entered into a verbal duel with Gurpreet. Following this, Ajaypal and Gurpreet allegedly murdered both and threw their bodies on the road to make it look like an accident. The accused took away the identity cards and other articles of the deceased to prevent their identification.
Both deceased as well as Gurpreet were proclaimed offenders in a theft case. Though Gurpreet was keen to surrender, Subhash and Happy were opposed to the proposal. This led to the clash and finally the murders of the duo, said the SSP.