NRI hotelier murder : Family criticises Badal govt for no help

  • Jatinder Kohli, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Oct 24, 2015 23:41 IST

Criticizing the Punjab government led by Parkash Singh Badal, the family of murdered Punjab-born British hotelier Ranjit Singh Power alleged that the government has failed to provide any help to them despite it claims of working for the welfare of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs).

Ranjit’s 83-year-old mother Gurmeet Kaur, who had arrived at the civil hospital for DNA test on Saturday, with younger son Amrik Singh Power, said that five months have passed but the main accused of murder, Baldev Singh Deol is yet to be arrested and roaming freely in England.

Kaur, who broke down while revealing the story said that her son Rana (Ranjit) became a victim of the conspiracy and demanded immediate intervention of Badal, so that justice could be delivered to them.

Gurmeet who basically hails from Nurmahal town, told that Deol had met Ranjit’s sister Karamjeet and pleaded his innocence, but added that he was responsible for Ranjit’s whereabouts as only he was seen with him before the murder.

Ranjit’s brother Amrik alleged that his brother had owned properties worth million pounds in England, Dubai, and Goa and after his murder, some partners have illegally encroached upon his properties.

He alleged that conspiracy to kill Ranjit was hatched by latter’s business partners in UK and execution was done in Punjab.

“My brother’s live-in-partner and business associate Angela Bir had taken possession of properties including Wolverhampton’s Hotel that was in partnership, his houses and others in UK and Dubai, but my family members have not received a single penny from properties worth millions”, alleged Amrik.

Amrik added that Bir is doing charity functions on Ranjit’s name just eyewash and if she has real affection for Ranjeet than why she is into the contact of Baldev Singh Deol.

He said that as per the circumstances of all incidents, the role of Bir is suspicious and entire documents of properties of Ranjit are with her.

“Even when Baldev and Ranjit were in India, Bir was into the contact of Baldev which clearly shows that her role is needed to be probed and we have already told about this to UK police”, said Amrik.

The hotelier’s brother even claimed that his family members are not even allowed to enter into the properties and Bir had deputed security men there. Some properties have put on auction, he said by adding that it was pre-planned murder.

He also reiterated the claims that the body sent by Jalandhar police to Britain was not that of Ranjit.

On May 18, the hotelier’s brother Amrik had told the police that Power had gone to Punjab for a business deal with his Deol, who belonged to Shekhewal village.

Power was to return to the UK on May 14. He didn’t make it back, but Deol did on May 15. On Amrik’s complaint, a case against Deol was registered here under Section 365 (kidnapping with the intent to confine) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The call details of Deol, who had arrived in India on February 13, led a special investigation team (SIT) of the police to Deol’s distant nephew, Sukhdev Singh of Manikpur village near Shahkot, and it came to light that a week before the hotelier had arrived in Amritsar on May 8, Deol and Sukhdev had plotted to kill him.

On May 8, the two accused had reached the Amritsar airport at 3.30pm to pick up Power in a Toyota Innova car and take him to the Golden Temple. After buying liquor, they started from Amritsar at 6 pm and reached Nakkia village near Anandpur Sahib around 11 pm, where they made the hotelier drink so much that it knocked him out.

They allegedly put a polyethene bag over his face and strangulated him with a rope. Later, the body was stripped and thrown into the Bhakra canal along with the NRI’s clothes.

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