A day after the decomposed body of 45-year-old NRI Surjit Singh was found in SAS Nagar’s Sector 80, police on Saturday arrested a woman, Gurpreet Kaur, a former tenant of the victim, and her friend Parminder Singh in connection with the murder.
Gurpreet Kaur, who hails from Ludhiana and lived in the NRI’s Sector 71 house two years back, has told the police during her interrogation that she is into drug peddling. The police said she owed Rs 25,000 to the victim who was demanding money from her. “She planned to blackmail the NRI by making an obscene video of him and extract money from him. They ended up killing him after he got agitated and hit the two,” said an officer involved in investigation of the case.
Gurpreet and Parminder, who is a cousin of her estranged husband and hails from Fatehgarh Sahib, were into drug peddling and also consumed drugs. Gurpreet Kaur’s former aide Harpreet Singh was an addict and was undergoing rehabilitation, it has been found during the probe.
Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Ramandeep Singh said the NRI did not have any drug link.
“The two killed Surjit Singh in their Sector 79 house on May 8 and kept the body there till Thursday. Then they took out the body after a foul smell started emanating from it and dumped in the bushes,” he said.
Superintendent of police (SP) Parminder Singh Bhandal told mediapersons that Surjit Singh stayed alone in his house as his son lives in Canada and his wife died in 2009. The police said Gurpreet has been changing her residence quite often.
“The two called Surjit at their place on May 8 and tried to make an obscene video with Gurpreet getting close to him. He noticed Parminder making a video and got into a scuffle with them. Parminder hit him in his head with a baseball bat as a result Surjit, a diabetic, started bleeding profusely and collapsed,” he said.
CCTV footage help crack the case
The two accused were caught on a CCTV camera installed at the deceased’s Sector-71 house where they went after committing the murder on May 9.
A cop posted at Sohana police station identified the woman and the search began. The police nabbed the duo from Landran when they were about to board a bus. A case has been registered under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code against the duo’s landlord who rented out the house to them without verifying their documents.