The local police claimed to have solved the murder mystery of former sarpanch and arrested his son for committing the crime.
Nahar Singh, former sarpanch of Kishangarh Gurthli village in Patiala district was found murdered in his room under mysterious circumstances on January 29.
However, the police, which had earlier registered it as a case of suicide, arrested Nahar's son Chamkaur Singh (35) on Monday evening on charges of murder.
The accused allegedly fired four bullets from his father's licensed revolver and provided misleading information that his father had committed suicide.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gurmeet Singh Chauhan said the police had earlier registered a case under section 174 or criminal procedure code (CrPC), but later it came to the fore that four bullets had pierced the body of the deceased.
"During our investigations, we found the statements of the accused didn't add up. Chamkaur told us that his father had been mentally upset for many days and committed. But no other family member heard the bullet sound. Hence, we carried minute investigations," the SSP said.
The police said the accused has confessed that he had an altercation with his father on January 28, as he used to come home drunk every day.
Chauhan informed that the accused told police that his 11-year-old son used to remain ill, and a preacher had asked him to ban liquor and chicken in the house for a few days.
"But his father continued to consume liquor and both had heated arguments, and after one of those he decided to kill his father," Chauhan said.
In an infuriated state, he went to his father's room and fired two shots at his chest, while he fired another two at his head from a close range.
"The accused then came out of the room leaving the revolver near his father's body and bolted the door from inside with a piece of gunny bag thread to show that his father committed suicide," he said.
Moreover, the next morning, he behaved normally and helped other family members to open the door, police said.