The police have arrested the wife and daughter of a farmer of Mazara Dingrian village for hiring contract killers to get him eliminated.
Sukhdev Singh, who was in his mid-forties, was killed at the Saila Khurd grain market on October 5 allegedly by six unidentified persons.
The mother-daughter duo told the police that Sukhdev behaved badly with them and objected to their using social networking site Facebook.
Deceased's wife Amanpreet Kaur (40) and daughter Jaspreet Kaur (17) were produced in a local court on Friday.
The court sent the victim’s wife to one-day police remand and the girl to judicial custody.
CIA in-charge inspector Onkar Singh said the two could not stand Sukhdev's eccentric behaviour and planned to get him killed.
"They conspired with Jaspreet's UK-based Facebook friend Gurpreet Singh to murder Sukhdev. Gurpreet, in turn, took the help of his friend Manpreet, also a UK resident, to get the job done. They hired contract killers in Hoshiarpur who hacked Sukhdev to death,” the inspector said.
He said the police had tracked transfer of rs10,000 to the killers but it is not yet clear how much more was to be paid. "We have identified the killers and they will be arrested soon," he said.
Sources revealed that the police got to the bottom of the issue when they tumbled upon a mobile phone of the deceased's teenager daughter. The deceased's wife had filed a police complaint against him about a year ago.
"It raised suspicion that she could be behind the incident.When we questioned her, she spilled the beans and confessed to her involvement,” said the CIA in-charge.