Lawyer’s murder: Woman sped away in car from crime spot, say residents

  • Gurpreet Singh Chhina, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 23, 2015 12:44 IST
Sukhmanpreet Singh Talwandi.

The murder case of 36-year-old lawyer Sukhmanpreet Singh Talwandi aka Sippy Sidhu, who was shot dead in a Sector 27 park here on Sunday night, has taken a new twist with the residents living near the crime spot claiming that they saw a woman coming out of the park and speeding away in a car parked nearby.

Sippy was the grandson of former judge of high court late justice SS Sidhu and his late father IPS Sidhu was the additional advocate general of Punjab.

The residents claimed that after hearing the gun shots, they came out and saw the woman leaving the spot in a hatchback car and a youth running on the road, but at that time they did not understand what had happened in the park.

The police said one of the weapons used in the crime was a 12-bore gun.

The complainant, Vishal Kumar, who resides in a house next to the park, had informed the police control room after seeing bullet-ridden Sippy Sidhu in the park. The footage taken from a CCTV camera installed at the Kumar’s house showed a hatchback car crossing by the house. The police said that they were trying to better the quality of the footage to identify the vehicle.

Th police also took into custody Sippy’s laptop and some documents from his office and house.

SP( city) Parvinder Singh said they were seeking assistance from a private company in unlocking the victim’s phone and were working on all possible angles.

Victim’s second number was active near Balongi

The police said Sippy’s visiting card mentions two mobile numbers, however only one phone was recovered from the crime spot. The police said Sippy’s second number was found active in Badmajra village near Balongi of SAS Nagar.

Country-made arms used in crime

The post-mortem report says there were four bullets in the body of Sippy and one f the weapons used was a 12-bore country made gun. The police said had the weapon been a sophisticated one, the bullet would have pierced through the body of the victim as the shots were fired from a point-blank range. The police said the used of country-made weapons pointed that it was a planned murder.

The police said two weapons were used in the crime, which points to the fact that more than one person was involved in the crime.

Four persons questioned

After procuring call details of Sippy Sidhu, the police questioned four persons. Sippy had talked for about 15 minutes with one Angrez Singh of Abhor. Angrez told the police that he discussed some court case involving one of his acquaintances, which Sippy was handling. The second person questioned was Mehar, who told police that Sippy was his friend and it was a routine talk.

Sony, a worker at the call centre of Sippy Sidhu, told the police that his boss was concerned over his safety and had brought the issue to the notice of the Mohali police. The police said Sippy had a long conversation with a Delhi woman on Sunday evening and the police were trying to reach her.

WhatsApp details can be crucial

The police were taking the assistance of CFSL to get the data retrieved from the victim’s phone. The police said messages shared by the victim on WhatsApp before he was killed could give some clues. The police couldn’t unlock the phone as it would open only after reading the thumb impression of Sippy.

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