The police claimed to have solved the murder of Jaskirat Singh, four weeks after the 14-year-old son of a Kapurthala industrialist was found tortured to death. They said the Class-10 student was murdered by his cousin, Parvinder Singh Shelly, 18, and his two friends.
Inspector general of police Lok Nath Angra said on Sunday that Shelly had masterminded the murder driven by jealousy against his wealthy uncle and Jaskirat’s father, Narinder Singh. Shelly’s father works as a manager in a private firm and earns about Rs 40,000 per month.
Nath said Shelly and his friends, Rajinder Singh and Arshdeep Singh, both 19-year-old students, had drawn inspiration by watching crime serials on TV. He said the trio was cautious and did not carry their mobile phones to avoid being traced.
The teenagers were arrested after police scanned the CCTV footage of a local shop on Fattu Dhinga road, from where Jaskirat went missing on April 11, Nath added. He said the police were keeping tabs on Jaskirat’s family, suspecting some of his close relatives might be involved.
Nath said the teenagers had killed Jaskirat immediately after abducting him in an i20 car, but made a ransom call to his uncle the next day to earn money and mislead police investigation.
The police had formed a special five-member team to crack the case on the day Jaskirat went missing. But investigation picked up only after DGP Suresh Arora formed a three-member special investigation team (SIT) led by deputy inspector general of police, Jalandhar range, Rajinder Singh, to probe the case.