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Seven held for Indian's murder in UK

Sukhwinder Singh's body was found by the Surrey Police on January 21 at the Epsom racecourse in London.

india Updated: Feb 15, 2006 14:11 IST

Seven men have been arrested in connection with the death of a 27-year-old Indian man whose body was discovered at the Epsom racecourse here.

Five arrests were made in Hayes, Greater London, and two in East London just a day after the Surrey Police revealed the dead man was Sukhwinder Singh.

Singh reportedly came to England from Batala in Punjab.

Reports say that he had arrived in the country in January. He had been strangled and suffered injuries consistent with being assaulted.

His body was found on January 21.

Police said that Singh was married with three daughters aged three, two and one.

He left India in August to look for work in Europe, intending to send money home to his family.

He headed first to Leno in northern Italy where he stayed with a friend but was unable to find work.

He arrived in England in early January and stayed in the Southall or Hayes area of London.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Ray Marley said more details were needed about Singh.

"We need to build up a picture of Singh's life in England and speak to anyone he knew or was in contact with, particularly anyone in either Surrey or south London," he told the local media.

"Was he a friend, neighbour or acquaintance of yours? We are keen to be able to give as much information as possible to his family in India."

Detectives are still also investigating a possible link between a Peugeot 406 found in Fir Tree Road about half a mile from the racecourse and the death.

A group of Asian men was reportedly seen near the Peugeot, which had been involved in an accident early the same day that the body was discovered.

First Published: Feb 15, 2006 14:02 IST