NRI hotelier murder case - Main accused tries to commit crime 'shrewdly'

  • Jatinder Kohli, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Jun 03, 2015 22:31 IST

The investigations in the high-profile murder of UK-based Punjab-born millionaire hotelier Ranjit Singh Power, has revealed that deceased's main accused Baldev Singh Deol had tried to throw dust in eyes of police by committing crime ''shrewdly''.

As per police officials engaged with this case revealed that on May 8, when hotelier was murdered by Deol with his distant nephew Sukhdev Singh in Anandpur Sahib, Deol had left his common mobile phone with another man in Shahkot to give a slip to the police so that if police will locate his location through technical investigation during investigation, it would come out in Shahkot, not Anandpur Sahib at where murder was committed.

The officials told that somehow, they reached through mobile tower location with driver after Baldev's mobile number was given by hotelier's family and quizzed driver who revealed that Deol had asked him to keep his mobile for a day and he had few mobile numbers with himself during his stay here.

However, the role of the driver in the crime was ruled out by police officials and picked up Sukhdev who broke down and cracked the mystery.

Then, he went back to UK on May 15 and hotelier's younger brother Amrik reached here and a kidnapping case was registered against Deol.

The officials also told that before going back to the UK, Deol had also opened a bank account for Sukhdev to sending money there to him.

They further added that hotelier's business partner has also disappeared from the UK after British media reported about the murder of hotelier.

The mysterious silence of hotelier's family even after the dead body has been recovered, raised eyebrows as there are reports that the family has yet to decide about visiting the city or not.

On Wednesday, the family friends of hotelier Darshan Singh, a UK-based NRI with roots in Jalandhar; and Jalandhar-based Gulshan Sarangal also failed to clarify about visit of hotelier's family in Jalandhar to decide over cremation of body.

When contacted, Gulshan told that we have talked with family members in UK, but they have yet to decide about cremation or visiting the city.

He said that the body had been kept in the mortuary of the civil hospital after a post-mortem examination was conducted on Tuesday by a panel of four doctors.

The deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Rajinder Singh said, "We have nothing to do with the family now after a dead body was recovered and handed over to hotelier's friend".

On Baldev, DCP said that police will write to higher authorities soon for starting extradition process of main accused to here.

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