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Three arrested in Indian's murder case

Three people, including two women, have been arrested in Leicester on 'suspicion' of solicitation to murder of a businessman in India.

india Updated: Jan 21, 2006 20:13 IST

Three people, including two women, have been arrested in Leicester "on suspicion of solicitation to murder" of a businessman in India. A gang while overseeing a house-building project in Punjab last August killed retired textile factory owner Mohan Singh, 59.

Two women, aged 38 and 25, and a 32-year-old man were detained by police this week, and released on bail pending further inquiries.

Singh was allegedly bludgeoned to death outside a roadside cafe in Phagwara. Eight people have already been arrested in India in connection with his death, and awaiting trial. Leicester East MP Keith Vaz, who had travelled to India with the victim's brother in December to urge authorities to investigate the crime thoroughly, said he hoped investigations in India and the UK would be concluded as quickly as possible. Leicestershire police said they were liaising closely with their counterparts in the Punjab.

The Indian arrests followed the introduction last month of a new team of senior investigating officers in the Punjab. According to the Inspector General Hardeep Dhillon, of Jalandhar police, there is sufficient evidence against those arrested in India.

Dhillon said, "I'm sure we will take this to the logical conclusion. We are in constant contact with the British police and getting their full support."

If a court case does not take place within 90 days of the arrests, the suspects in India will be released on bail.

First Published: Jan 21, 2006 20:13 IST