The district police claimed to have solved a blind murder case of Gurjant Singh of Smadh Bhai village under Baghapurana subdivision with the arrest of three people, including a couple on Saturday.
Gurjant Singh (27) was murdered with a sharp-edged weapon by some unidentified people and his body was recovered from a sewerage pit outside the village on June 28. The Baghapurana police had registered a criminal case against unidentified people under Section 302 of Indian Penal Code in the statement of Jeet Singh, father of Gurjant Singh on June 29 in this regard.
Jatinder Singh Khaira, senior superintendent of police, said, "An investigation, which was conducted by a special investigation team (SIT) comprising superintendent of police Rajeshwar Singh, DSP Balwinder Singh, station house officer (SHO) of Baghapurana Partap Singh, incharge of Moga CIA staff Prem Singh Bhangu and sub-inspector Ved Parkash, found that Gurjant Singh was murdered for his illicit relations with a woman of his village. Gurjant was killed by the husband of the woman who threw his body in a sewerage pit with the help of another man."
The police said that the arrested persons have been identified as Amandeep Singh, his wife Naginder Kaur, residents of Smadh Bhai, and his brother-in-law Maninder Singh, a resident of Baghapurana.
The SSP said that Gurjant Singh had been working as a mechanic at Jalal village in Bathinda district and he allegedly had illicit relations with a woman whose husband also worked at Jhandeana village as mason.
"During preliminary investigation, the SIT found that a few days before the murder, Amandeep Singh had checked the cell phone of his wife Naginder Kaur and asked her about an unknown phone number from his wife. Naginder Kaur told him that Gurjant Singh had rung her up several times on her mobile phone," said Khaira.
According to police, Amandeep Singh allegedly asked her wife to call Gurjant Singh at home for solving the entire matter with dialogue. "As soon as Gurjant Singh reached the house of Naginder Kaur, her husband Amandeep Singh attacked him with a knife. Later, he killed Gurjant with a sword and kept the body of Gurjant Singh inside a room of the house. After the murder, Amandeep along with his wife Naginder Kaur and went to his in-laws' house at Baghapurana," said the police official.
Khaira said the next day Amandeep Singh and his brother-in-law Maninder Singh came back to Smadh Bhai during the night and wrapped the body in a plastic paper and threw it in a sewerage pit outside the village.
Earlier, the deceased's mother Mohinder Kaur had alleged that a photographer of the same village was responsible for the murder of her son. "We investigated the entire matter deeply and found that the allegation of Mohinder Kaur was not true. We have also recovered the knife and sword which were used for murder from the possession of the accused," said the SSP.
"However, further investigation is underway at the moment in this connection. The accused will be produced in a court on Sunday," the SSP added.