Police claim to have solved the murder case of 48-year-old Ajmer Singh of Phullanwal village with the arrest of one of his colleagues on Thursday.
The accused Ajay Kumar (32), who lives in a rented accommodation on Bhamiyan Road, confessed that he bludgeoned Ajmer to death with a hammer for Rs 36,000 that he had borrowed from him a few months ago and was not willing to return.
A native of Gonda in Uttar Pradesh, Ajay is an electrician at SK weaving textiles, Cheema Chowk, where the deceased worked as a labourer.
Yielding about the arrest, additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP), crime wing, Manjit Singh Dhesi said Ajmer’s body was recovered from a vacant plot near Flower Chowk on June 27. The killer had bludgeoned him to death. His scooter was found from the Dugri canal bridge, 4km from the spot. The victim was missing since June 26.
The Sadar police station had registered a case of murder against unidentified killers following the statement of deceased’s brother Balbir Singh.
After a weeklong investigation, the police zeroed in on Ajay Kumar. On Thursday, he was arrested from Samrala Chowk.
“The accused told the police that he had borrowed Rs 36,000 from Ajmer a few months ago. He was not willing to return the money, but Ajmer was pressurising him for money. On June 26, following a conspiracy, the accused had met Ajmer,” said the ADCP.
“The accused had parked his motorcycle at the bus stand parking and had gone to Dugri with Ajmer on his scooter. Both enjoyed drinks together. Later, the accused took Ajmer to Phullanwal on his scooter. When they reached near a vacant plot, the accused bludgeoned him with a hammer to death,” he added. The accused fled the spot on the deceased’s scooter. He parked it near Dugri Canal Bridge and buried the hammer and wallet of the deceased.