2014 Amritsar triple murder case: 6 get life term
A local court on Wednesday convicted all six accused in the triple murder case, which hit the headlines in 2014.punjab Updated: Oct 13, 2016 09:20 IST
A local court on Wednesday convicted all six accused in the triple murder case, which hit the headlines in 2014.
The court awarded life term to four — Sukhchain Singh, Sarabjit Kaur, Avtar Singh and Nishan Singh — and two — Jasbir Kaur and Sahib Singh — will remain in jail till death and will not be able to avail of parole.
While six are behind the bars, Ranjit Singh, the seventh accused, who was also arrested, died during the course of trial.
On January 22, 2014, three unidentified migrant labourers were murdered and their bodies were dumped in a car that was set afire near Manawala village on the national highway-1 by the accused to show themselves dead to the insurance company.
The police, after initial investigation, found that two of the dead were Sahib Singh of Bhullar village near Ajnala and Surinder Singh of the Maqboolpura area. They were identified by their family members and relatives.
However, Punjab Human Rights Organisation (PHRO) secretary Sarabjit Singh questioned the police probe and found that it was a staged-managed murder for claiming insurance by Surinder Singh. About a month back before the “accident”, Surinder had got himself insured for Rs 2 crore and his acquaintance, Sahib Singh, for Rs 1 crore. Surinder’s car was insured for Rs 10 lakh. The two had faked their deaths with the help of family members, relatives and friends.
The police arrested seven of the 12 named in the first information report (FIR) and presented a challan in the court.
The court agreed with additional public prosecutor APS Khera that it was a case of murder and greed in which the motive was to claim insurance money. The judgment was pronounced by additional sessions judge Preeti Sawhney after she found all the six guilty of murder. The police had registered a case against 12 persons in March 2014 under Sections 302, 364, 420, 436, 120-B and 201 of the Indian Penal Code at the Chatiwind police station.
The five, who are yet to be arrested, include Surinder Singh, the main conspirator, his two sons Sukhwant Singh and Mukhtiar Singh, Balwinder Singh and Surinder Singh. They were declared proclaimed offenders (PO) in June 2014 and are said to be abroad.
The court also directed the police to make efforts to trace the five absconders and put them on trial. On being informed that Sukhwant Singh and Mukhtiar Singh are in Australia, the court directed the police to make efforts to bring them to India.
The PHRO had investigated the case on a complaint by Sahib Singh’s wife Sunanda. Surinder, who paid Sahib’s premium, forged her signatures for getting the claim.
The PHRO, in its investigations, took the Amritsar Rural police to task for failing to conduct DNA test of the charred bodies of the migrant labourers and relying on statements of Surinder and Sahib Singh’s relatives and friends.
The murdered migrant labourers still remain unidentified.
First Published: Oct 12, 2016 23:23 IST