The rural police have busted a case pertaining to alleged blind murder of truck driver Kuldeep Singh, 38, late on June 15 in Patar Kalan village. Kuldeep's wife, her paramour and two others have been arrested on Wednesday.
The accused have been identified as the deceased's wife Palwinder Kaur (28), paramour Gurdeep Singh (30) of Lakhan Khurd village, Jagjit Singh (23) and Jatinder Singh (21) of Daburji village in Kapurthala district. Gurdeep is a kabbadi player and had played the game in Canada for two years and two other accused have been learning the game from him.
Two other accused, including Varinder Singh (30) and Sukhchain Singh (25), are absconding.
At a press conference, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Jaspreet Singh Sidhu flanked by deputy superintendent of police (DSP) investigation Parminder Singh said Palwinder and Gurdeep for the past two years were in an illicit relationship, which started with a missed call.
The deceased had got information about his wife's relationship from Gurdeep, after which, their relationship soured.
It was stated that then, Palwinder and Gurdeep hatched a conspiracy to eliminate Kuldeep and the latter involved his friends Jagjit Singh, Jatinder Singh and Sukhchain Singh. Gurdeep arranged a country-made pistol from another associate of his Varinder Singh from Uttar Pradesh for Rs 40,000.
Officials added that on June 15, around 11 pm, the truck driver along with his wife and children was on his way back home after attending a marriage in Amritsar on his Bajaj Platina. When they reached Naharpur village, four accused on two bikes, with their faces covered, followed them and shot Kuldeep dead. They fled after looting Rs 18,000 to make it look like a case of robbery.
Officials said during the course of technical investigation, the cops scanned call detail records (CDRs) of Palwinder and found that two mobile SIMs were running in her name. Among these, one was used by her and the other by Gurdeep, while both exchanged hundreds of calls in the past few months.
"On June 15, Palwinder had also called on that number, a finding that turned the needle of suspicion towards her. During interrogation, she broke down and revealed the entire story," the officials added, claiming that the other accused were later arrested from separate places. A country-made pistol, 10 cartridges and two bikes have been recovered.
From kabaddi to crime
Kabaddi player Gurdeep Singh had completed his BA from local DAV College and had gone to Canada twice to play the game at sports club-level there. Jagjit was a computer diploma holder while Jatinder Singh had studied till class 10th. Both were learning the game from Gurdeep.