Six months after a double murder in local Azad Nagar wherein a woman and her alleged ‘criminal’ paramour were found dead under mysterious circumstances on January 18 this year, the city police claim to have solved the case by arresting two people, including the husband of the deceased.
Sushil Joshi (42) and Mahinder Singh alias Titu (52), a resident of Kartar Nagar, were murdered at Joshi’s house. In a press conference on Thursday, police commissioner Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh said police had arrested Resham Singh (47) of Phagwara and Rajesh Joshi (45), Sushil’s husband.
Singh claimed the accused Resham conspired to kill his brother Jagir Singh in connivance with Mahinder Singh Titu (deceased) with the sole motive of claiming insurance worth `3.5 crore.
The police commissioner said Jagir was killed in the Kanhuwan area of Gurdaspur in a planned hit and run case by a heavy vehicle and after the death of his brother, Resham started claiming the insurance amount by getting a case of death due to negligence registered in the Kanwan police station.
Singh said in the meantime, Titu started claiming his share for killing Jagir, even after he was paid `5 lakh by Resham. He said that on January 18 this year, Resham called Titu to Joshi’s house saying he wanted to give his remaining share.
After reaching Joshi’s house, Resham took out Titu’s weapon and opened fire on him.
After hearing the sound of gunshot, Sushil came outside and was also shot dead. The police said Sushil’s husband Rajesh was involved in the conspiracy.
Despite the police claiming to solve the double murder case, several questions remain unanswered.
The police are yet to get the report of gunpowder, find who killed Jagir, and which vehicle was used in the hit and run case along with other issues.
In the preliminary investigations, police had claimed Titu probably fired three shots from his country-made pistol at Sushil after a heated argument between the two before shooting himself.