Two months after a Bhootgarh village resident, Joginder Singh (40), |was found dead at his house on the intervening night of September 19 and 20, the police claimed to have cracked the case after arresting his wife, her paramour and another accomplice, a chemist shop owner.
The family members of the deceased had initially thought of the death as natural and cremated his body.
The arrests were made from Patran in Patiala and the accused — alleged to have strangulated the man after hatching the conspiracy — have been identified as Jagsir Singh, Gagandeep Singh and the wife of the deceased Sukhwinder Kaur. Jagsir and Sukhwinder are alleged to have been having an affair.
Point of suspicion
Karnail Singh, the brother of the deceased, was the first to raise suspicion over the manner of the death and alleged that Sukhwinder could be behind the murder.
On his insistence, the police investigated the case and found that Sukhwinder was into an illicit relationship with Jagsir and had shifted with him, very soon after the death of Joginder Singh.
Patran DSP Sawaranjit Singh said, “We have questioned Sukhwinder and Jagsir and the duo has confessed to the crime. The third accused, Gagandeep, was a chemist and helped the couple camouflage the strangulation as natural death.”
He claimed that Gagan had given the deceased sleeping pills and it was only later that Sukhwinder and Jagsir strangulated him. Later, Sukhwinder raised a hue and cry that that her husband was dead.
The DSP claimed that Gagan had agreed to be an accomplice after the woman’s paramour Jagsir promised him that he would help in the settlement of a criminal case registered against him.
The trio has been arrested and has been booked under Sections 302 (murder), 328 (causing hurt by means of poison), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.
•Raising grave suspicion, Sukhwinder, the prime accused in the murder of her husband, had entered into an illicit relationship with Jagsir and had shifted with him, very soon after the death of her husband, Joginder Singh
•She was later found to be having a paramour and is alleged to have planned the strangulation of her husband, camouflaging it as a natural death
•The third accomplice Gagan, a chemist, had given the deceased sleeping pills. Later, Sukhwinder and Jagsir strangulated the victim.
•The DSP has claimed that Gagan had agreed to be an accomplice after the woman’s paramour Jagsir promised him that he would help in the settlement of a criminal case registered against him.