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Double murder: keys of victims' cars recovered

Harvinder Singh, Pritpal Singh and Umesh Karda, under arrest for the murder of Moga deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Balraj Gill and city industrialist's wife Monika Kapila, were produced before the court by the Ludhiana police on Friday and remanded in police custody till April 9.

punjab Updated: Apr 07, 2012 13:35 IST
Anshu Seth

Harvinder Singh, Pritpal Singh and Umesh Karda, under arrest for the murder of Moga deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Balraj Gill and city industrialist's wife Monika Kapila, were produced before the court by the Ludhiana police on Friday and remanded in police custody till April 9.

The police claimed to have recovered keys of the Chevrolet Optra (driven by Gill but owned by his friend) and his purse from Harvinder's house, while a watch worn by the DSP was found from Pritpal's residence. The keys of Monika's Innova and the farmhouse keys were recovered from Karda's house. After committed the crime, the accused had locked the farmhouse and taken away the keys, the police said.

Gill and Kapila had been murdered on February 1 at Agnihotri farmhouse near Golf Links apartments on the Hambran road, 7km from here. The vehicles had been found abandoned on the same road a few days later.

Surprisingly, the police had 'rounded up' the accused thrice during the investigation, but didn't search their houses at that time for clues.

When asked about the clothes the trio were wearing on the day of the murder, police commissioner Ishwar Singh said, "The accused admitted that they threw them in the Budha Nullah." However, it's baffling that the accused preferred to keep the vehicles' keys, purse, watch and the murder weapons.

On the DNA reports and chemical analysis, the commissioner said, "We will match the DNA profiles. I have already asked the forensic laboratory authorities in Hyderabad to send reports at the earliest. We have also sent mobile phones of Gill and Monika to the laboratory."

Meanwhile, families of the accused told HT that they were unaware of the latter's involvement in any criminal activity. Hasanjit, who had tried to help the accused sell the victims' vehicles in Gurdaspur, works as a watchman at an under-construction house in the Golf Links locality.

His mother said the trio had come to her house on April 1 and 2, asking for her son. The police commissioner had said in a statement on Thursday that Hasanjit was on the run.

Pritpal's uncle Chamkaur Singh had been called for questioning on March 16, 17 and 18 by cops. His father, Swaran Singh, who was suffering from tuberculosis, died on March 18.

"My nephew is not a drug addict. He had called me up, saying that he would be late as he was working at a construction site. He arrived after midnight (February 1)," Chamkaur said. Karda's uncle Jaswinder Singh said, "He was at home on February 1 as there was a prabhat pheri in our house that day."

The families of the accused alleged that the cops came to their houses on the evening of April 4 and soon after picking them up, claimed to have recovered some items. "Nothing was recovered in our presence. Also, the cops did not show us any of the items," the families said.