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Patiala police crack three murder cases

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Patiala, March 23, 2014
First Published: 14:33 IST(23/3/2014) | Last Updated: 14:35 IST(23/3/2014)

The Patiala police on Saturday claimed to have solved three murder cases, including one lodged by the Haryana police. Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Hardial Singh Mann told reporters at a press conference that police had cracked a blind murder case of a Jaswinder Singh, which was lodged by the Haryana police at the Siwan police station.

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He said police had arrested Balwinder Singh of Samana in connection with an Arms Act case; however, during the course of investigation it came to fore that he had also executed a murder.

During preliminary investigation of the accused, it came to light that Balwinder often used to visit Randhawa village, where his sister was married, said the SSP.

At Randhawa, the accused came in contact with a Jaswinder Singh, who had sold a two-acre premises for 35 lakh in 2011, of which Balwinder was aware, and offered Jaswinder a property deal in Nawa Gaon near Chandigarh, said Mann.

Jaswinder had kept a part of 35 lakh with Balwinder in a good faith; however, to usurp the money, the accused murdered Jaswinder when he approached Balwinder to seek his money in January 2014, said the SSP.

He said the Patiala police had informed the Haryana police about the breakthrough.

Similarly, police claimed to have solved the murder case of a Gurbhej Singh, which was registered at the Ghagga police station.

Gurbhej was shot dead by an unidentified person at his farm house, said the SSP.

While investigating the case, police arrested Pal Singh of Sodhiwala Ugoke and during preliminary investigation the accused purportedly confessed to have committed the crime, said the SSP.

It was found that Gurbhej was a caretaker of the Sodhiwal family and was looking after the house and legal matters of the family since 1996. He was loyal towards the Sodhiwal family.

Pal Singh had taken a 12-acre premises from the Sidhuwal family on a lease 25 years back, but allegedly refused to hand over the possession to the owners.

A court case was going on in this connection in which Gurbhej was making a proper follow up and got six acres freed from Pal Singh, the SSP said, adding the proceeding to free the remaining land was about to end soon.

A day before Gurbhej’s murder, both had a heated argument following which the accused murdered him, said the SSP.

Meanwhile, police also divulged the details of how police head constable Raghuvir Singh, posted as a driver with the district transport officer, murdered his wife Aarti.

Police produced the accused in a court, which handed over him to police in a two-day remand.

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