The Nurmahal police have booked unidentified persons on charges of murdering a UK-based non-resident Indian (NRI) in 2011.
Sodhi Singh (40), a native of Uppal Khalsa village, died on his way to a Ludhiana Hospital on April 22,
The Nurmahal police had registered a case under section 174 of the CrPC the next day on the statement from Gurdev Kaur, the mother of Sodhi Singh.
Station house officer Gulshan Kumar said a case under section 302 (murder) of the IPC has been registered in this connection.
The case has been registered on the basis of inquiry report conducted by inspector general of police (crime) as ordered by the Punjab and Haryana high court.
Justice Kuldeep Singh while hearing a petition filed by the deceased’s wife Kanwaljit Kaur ordered on December 1 to register a case as recommended by IGP (crime) in his inquiry report.
The order said the recommendation is dated November 28 and the FIR has not been registered so far. The court directed the state council to inform it on December 19, the next date of hearing, whether FIR has been registered or not.
Director bureau of investigation, Punjab, in an official communication to Jalandhar (rural) SSP directed him to register the FIR immediately.
IGP (crime) concluded in his report that Sodhi Singh died after consuming/sniffing some narcotic drug/ psychotropic substance. The source of these drugs need to be ascertained, he said.