The Ludhiana (rural) police claim to have solved the triple murder of NRI Shingara Singh (70) of Abbuwal village of Sudhar, his wife Manjit Kaur (65) and sister-in-law Surjit Kaur (55) with the arrest of 21-year-old Akash Kumar of the same village.
The accused confessed to his crime saying he had killed the three to take revenge and had tried to give it the shape of a robbery.
Ludhiana rural SSP Ashish Chaudhary said he had formed a special investigation team to probe the matter. After investigation, the police found that an acquaintance of the family had executed the murders. The police started zeroing on the people known to the family and nabbed Akash Kumar on Wednesday.
According to the statement of the accused, he used to do household work at the house of Shingara Singh when he would visit his village. He said Shingara had humiliated him publicly by levelling allegations of theft against him and also slapped him. He was disturbed by this and hatched a conspiracy to kill him.
On May 7, he consumed drugs before entering Shingara's house and killing him with a sharp-edged weapon. On hearing Shingara's screams following the assault, Manjit Kaur and Surjit Kaur became alert. To avoid being caught, he killed them also. Later, he ransacked the almirahs to give it a shape of robbery and fled from the house.
The SSP said the weapon used in the murder was yet to be recovered.
The three were found murdered on May 7. The Sudhar police had registered a case against unindentified peoples. Settled in Toronto, Canada, Shingara Singh had come to visit his village on March 20.