Two minor youths have been booked for allegedly murdering their minor friend in a village in the district.
14-year-old Dilpreet Singh, a resident of Ferozeshah village, and a student of Class-8 in a government school, went missing on Sunday evening.
Sukhdarshan Singh, father of the minor, filed a police complaint following which a case of kidnapping was registered against Hardev, 15, and Swarnjit, 15 , both friends of Dilpreet, besides three others, including a minor girl.
During the preliminary probe, Hardev and Swarnjit informed the police that Dilpreet went to meet his girl friend in the same village on Sunday late evening, so he might have been kidnapped or murdered by the family of that girl.
However, the police found nothing against the girl and her family.
Later on, during intense interrogation, the duo broke down and allegedly confessed to have murdered Dilpreet.
“They had some grudges against Dilpreet and, on Sunday evening, they called him on the pretext they would arrange his meeting with the girl. They mixed some drugs into the liquor which was consumed by Dilpreet. When Dilpreet got unconscious, the duo tied his arms and legs and, after causing some injuries with a sharp- edged weapon, threw him into the Rajasthan feeder canal,” said Manminder Singh, SSP, Ferozepur.
“The body of the victim was recovered from the canal near Sukha village in Muktsar on Wednesday evening and on Thursday, it was handed over to his family after postmortem,” added Vibhore Sharma, DSP, Ferozepur.
“The kidnapping case, registered earlier, has is now been changed to murder. We are also looking into the role of the girl, her father and one of their relatives,” said the DSP.