A day after a security guard was hacked to death, police have revealed that a money dispute of Rs 10,000 was the cause of murder. The victim’s kin staged a protest on Sunday evening in front of Model Town police station, after which a financier was booked in the case.
The protesters also demanded that the station house officer be suspended for not taking action on time, even after the victim had lodged a complaint on Thursday after being attacked by the accused. The man, Kuldeep Singh, died in a private hospital on Sunday.
Police registered a case under Sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code against Jagdish, Gagandeep, Kali and other unidentified persons.
The complaint was lodged by the victim’s son Narvair Singh, a resident of Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Nagar on Dhandhran Road. In his complaint, Narvair stated that his father was employed at Hotel Grand Marian on Dugri Road. He borrowed a sum of Rs 50,000 from the three accused and had returned part of the money in 14 instalments, while Rs 10,000 was still pending t be paid in three more instalments. His father failed to return the balance amount due to financial difficulties, and had told them that he would return the money as soon as some arrangement was made. But the accused repeatedly pressurised his father for returning the sum immediately, and also started threatening him with dire consequences.
Narvair alleged that his father had made repeated complaints to police, including to the commissioner of police in this regard, but the police did not take any action.
On Thursday, the accused thrashed Kuldeep Singh while he was on his way back home, and fled the spot. He went to the Civil Hospital for treatment and lodged a complaint at Model Town police station, but was once again ignored.
As his health started deteriorating, the family admitted him to a private hospital in Dugri, where he died on Sunday. Assistant sub-inspector Kulwinder Singh said efforts were on to nab the accused.