The fast food van owner whose body was found in Jandiali village on October 6 was murdered by his wife, son and his two aides, police claimed on Sunday.
The Moti Nagar police arrested victim Gurdev Singh’s wife Ranjit Kaur, son Babbaljit Singh, 20, and his aid Sherjit Singh alias Shera of Dholewal village on Sunday, while another accused Khau is absconding.
The woman-son duo had hired Shera and Khau for Rs 50,000 to help them kill Gurdev, police said.
Giving details, assistant commissioner of police (ACP), east, Gurjit Singh claimed that Ranjit Kaur had an extra-marital affair, which Gurdev was aware about and often used to rebuke her for it. The victim was also aware that his son had a girlfriend and used to abuse him often in an inebriated condition.
“Fed up of Gurdev’s behaviour, his wife hatched a conspiracy to kill him and involved her son in it.
Babbaljit then approached Sherjit and Khau and promised to pay them Rs 50,000 to help him kill his father and gave them Rs 10,000 as advance,” the ACP added.
Thereafter, the accused mixed sleeping pills in Gurdev’s dinner on October 4, and strangled him with a piece of rope the next morning, before taking the body in a car and dumping it in Jandiali village.
“After coming back, Babbaljit filed a missing report about his father at Moti Nagar police station. The police later found Gurdev’s body on October 6, filed a case of murder against unidentified accused and initiated investigation,” the ACP said.
“The body was already decomposing when it was found and there were no injury marks on it. Gurdev’s family had claimed that he had left the house with Rs 70,000 in cash, but as there was no money near the body, it was suspected that he was robbed and murdered. However, the police soon found loopholes in the claims of the family, and interrogated Ranjit, Babbaljit Singh and Shera, who eventually confessed to have killed Gurdev. Efforts are on to arrest their other accomplice,” he added.
The accused were presented before the court that remanded them to four-day police custody.
The deceased’s viscera were recently sent to Medical Science Laboratory, Kharar, for chemical examination to know the actual cause of death.