‘Illicit relations’: 40-year-old held for killing Samana man
The Patiala police, on Thursday, have arrested a 40-year-old shopkeeper for allegedly killing a Samana resident after the latter suspected ‘illicit relations’ between the accused and his wife.
The man had strangulated the victim and dumped his body in bushes next to the Bhakra canal near Fatehpur village here on September 4.
Police had initiated an inquest proceeding under Section 174 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) as family of the victim had termed it as a case of sudden death. However, postmortem report of the victim showed it as an incident of strangulation. The cops had then registered a case of murder against two persons.
According to police, accused are Satish Kumar, of Neelgarh Mohalla, and Gurpreet Singh, of Qutub Minar Colony in Samana. Satish has been arrested, while Gurpreet is still on the run.
Anil Kumar, of Malkana Patti in Samana, in his complaint, said that his brother Rajiv Kumar’s (the deceased) wife was allegedly having ‘illicit relations’ with Satish. Rajiv was aware of it, he said. He told police that on the day of the incident, his brother went to Patran on September 4 and returned to Samana at around 8pm.
“However, instead of going to his house, the victim went to his uncle’s house at officer colony in Samana along with accused Satish Kumar. Later, Satish returned to his house but Rajiv did not. On September 5, his family found the victim’s body in some bushes near Bhakra canal,” said police.
Samana city station house officer (SHO) Sahib Singh said, “Earlier the family of the victim had termed the man’s death as a sudden one and did not suspect any foul play. So, we had initiated the inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC.”
“However, we kept investigating the case. After postmortem, we found out that strangulation was the cause of death. Now, we have arrested one of the accused and the other will be arrested soon,” he said.