The police claim to have solved the murder case of a 35-year-old container driver with the arrest of his nephew and his three accomplices.
The accused have been identified as Jaspreet Singh alias Bantu of Chakki village of Machhiwara, who was the son of victim's sister-in-law; Jasvir Singh, Jaswinder Singh and Mandeep Singh alias Ricky of Partap Singh Wala.
The victim, Sukhpal Singh, resident of Bhama village of Koomkalan, was found dead in his car with his body bearing several stab wounds at Noorwala Road on October 1.
The Meharban Police had registered a case of murder against unidentified accused following the statement of Harjinder Singh, father of the victim.
Lakhvir Singh Tiwana, assistant commissioner of police (ACP), Sahnewal, said Harjinder suspected Jaspreet of killing his son.
During investigation, police found that Jaspreet had gone to Sukhpal's house to get the keys of the latter's car on September 30. However, as Sukhpal was not home, his wife gave the keys to Jaspreet after consulting with her husband over the phone.
On Saturday, the police arrested the four accused from Machhiyan Khurd and interrogated them, following which they confessed to have killed Sukhpal, the ACP claimed.
“The accused revealed that they took Sukhpal to an isolated place in his car. There they killed him with a sharp-edged weapon and proceeded to dump the body in the Sutlej river. However, on the way, the car broke down, following which the accused abandoned the vehicle and fled the scene,” Tiwana added.
The ACP claimed Jaspreet had told the police that Sukhpal had an eye on his mother, and also used to stalk the sister of Jasvir, one of the accused.
Besides, Jaspreet used to assist Sukhpal in his work, and had recently gone with him to deliver an oil tanker out of Punjab. However, the tanker leaked on the way, losing oil, and Sukhpal had laid the blame for the loss on Jaspreet, leading him to nurse a grudge against his uncle, the cop added.