The 21-year-old college student, whose body was recovered under mysterious circumstances from the Jalandhar-Kapurthala main road near Khojewal village on Wednesday morning, had reportedly died due to overdose of drugs.
Deceased Ranjit Rai, a resident of Kapurthala, was studying in Lord Krishna Polytechnic College in Kapurthala and was living with his grandparents. He left his home on Tuesday at around 2pm by telling his family that he was going to meet his friends in Jalandhar.
Police suspected the case to be a murder when they found traces of vomit on his face and his valuables, including mobile phone, helmet, bike and t-shirt, were also missing.
After tracing his mobile phone details and enquiring about Ranjit from his friends, police got to know that he had gone to his friend, Piyush Ranjan Singh's, paying guest accommodation near Ladowali Road in Jalandhar for a party after giving his exam. Ranjit had two exams on Tuesday but skipped the second one.
Accompanied by another friend Varun Bhardwaj, the boys allegedly took heroin at the guest house. After some time, Varun left the PG and Ranjit started vomiting due to overdose of drugs. Piyush immediately called Varun and took Ranjit to a nearby hospital for treatment, but he died on the way.
After that, they both planned to deliver Ranjit's body at his home and Piyush hired an auto on the pretext of an epilepsy attack. However, the auto driver suspected something was amiss and left Piyush half way.
On the other hand, Varun texted Ranjit's family from his mobile phone, saying he was on the way and later sent another message saying he had met with an accident and requested his family to take him back home.
Piyush dropped the body half way and came back to his PG. Later, he booked a room at Devi Talab Temple in Jalandhar to hide from the police.
Jagjit Singh Saroya, superintendent of police (detective), said they had nabbed both the accused from Jalandhar and a case will be registered. He said the accused had been identified as Piyush Ranjan Singh, a migrant from Bihar, and Varun Bhardwaj, a resident of Kapurthala. Case under Sections 304, 34, 201 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered at the Sadar police station.
Saroya said Varun was also facing a case registered against him under sections of the NDPS Act wherein he was arrested with six gm heroin.