Four years after a Mullanpur Dakha woman went missing from Belgium in 2012, a team of Belgian police has come to India to investigate the matter.
The two member team comprising a male and a female cop — Wim Peirs and Chloe Dardenne — arrived in Ludhiana on Saturday.
After procuring call details of the missing woman, Jagwinder Kaur, who was married to Kewal Singh of Moga, police have focused investigation on one Balwinder Singh of Bhagike village in Moga.
On Sunday, the Belgian police questioned Balwinder for at least 45 minutes in a closed door meeting suspecting links with the missing woman. Earlier, police was suspecting Kewal Singh as prime suspect.
As per information, after marriage Jagwinder Kaur and Kewal Singh started living in Belgium. Later, they divorced in 2012, after which the woman went missing.
The Belgian police have procured call details of missing woman and found frequent calls made to and from Balwinder, leading suspicion of an extramarital affair of the woman with him.
But, denying any links with her, Balwinder claimed that he was in Belgium in 2010, and there he used to work at Kewal Singh’s store. So, sometimes Kewal used to call him from his wife’s number, he added.
Sources said that call details revealed that long-hour calls were being made even after Balwinder returned to India.
Several others questioned
Besides quizzing Balwinder, police team also questioned Nihal Singh Wala village member of legislative assembly (MLA) Rajwinder Kaur, Bhagike village sarpanch Jatinder Kaur and Kewal Singh’s family members, including brothers Bakhtaur Singh, Chamkaur Singh, and Balour Singh and latter’s wife Manjit Kaur and their mother Gurdev Kaur.
The team also visited Balwinder Singh and Kewal Singh’s houses.
The team has also collected samples of Bakhtaur Singh, brother of Kewal Singh, for DNA profiling test. Bakhtaur Singh had gone to Belgium once and returned after spending sometime there.
Superintendent of police (investigation) Amarjit Singh said, “Belgium is investigating the case of missing woman for which a team of Belgian police had arrived here to record statements of family members and relatives. Earlier, the police had questioned woman’s relatives at her native village Mullanpur Dakha.
Refusing to divulge intrinsic details of the investigation, Belgian police inspector said, “We have recorded statements of family members and of those, who were close to Jagwinder Kaur. Statements of people known to her have also been recorded to know whether the couple’s relations were strained. Jaswinder Kaur’s husband is the main suspect, we are investigating the case. We hope to get a lead very soon.”