Patiala accident deaths turn out to be murders, family friend arrested

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: May 13, 2016 11:56 IST
The accused in Patiala police custody on Thursday. (HT Photo)

The deaths of a retired police sub- inspector Hazura Singh, 62, and his son Gurpreet Singh, 33 --- whose bodies were fished out after their SUV crashed into Bhakra canal near Jaura Majra village, 40 km from Patiala, on April 20--- have turned out to be well-planned murders.

(Left to right) Victims Gurpreet Singh and Hazura Singh. (HT Photo)

“Vishawaman Singh, 34, a family friend of the deceased, is behind these murders. He is under arrest. Vishawaman owed some money to Hazur Singh and was not able to pay it back. So he murdered the father-son duo,” Patiala senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gurmeet Singh told reporters here.

“Police had almost closed the file considering these as accident deaths. However, inspector Bikram Singh Brar, found some crucial leads and started investigation following which the accused was arrested,” added the SSP.

On April 20, the accused called Hazur and his son on pretext of paying money to them. He however, gave them a drink laced with sedative and drove their SUV to the bridge over Bhakra canal at Jaura Majra village. He then jumped out of the moving vehicle that crashed into the canal, said police.

After committing the crime, he mingled with the family and even expressed shock and grief over the ‘accident’. He told police that the deceased had left his place after collecting money from him.

Cops, however, kept tabs on him. His mobile location was traced around 20 km from the crime spot near Samana. Police also found a CCTV footage where the accused was seen driving away his four wheeler parked there. “We got suspicious and detained him for questioning following which he confessed to his crime,” said the SSP. He has been booked under sections 302 (murder) and 201 (destruction of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code.

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