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KJ Singh murder: Was anyone else involved? SIT head, Mohali SSP differ

Mohali double murder: With the arrest of the accused, previously held theories by the Mohali police, fell flat.

punjab Updated: Oct 28, 2017 12:28 IST
Shub Karman Dhaliwal
Shub Karman Dhaliwal
Hindustan Times, Mohali
Accused Gaurav Kumar (black T shirt) at District Court, Mohali
Accused Gaurav Kumar (black T shirt) at District Court, Mohali(HT Photo)

A day after the police claimed to have cracked the double murder case of senior journalist KJ Singh and his mother Gurcharan Kaur, senior officials gave conflicting statements about the case.

While seeking accused Gaurav Kumar’s remand on Friday, police told the local court that they wanted to check the involvement of any other person and recover the LED TV stolen from KJ’s house after the crime. Following this, the court granted the police his five-day custody.

The police on Thursday had said that KJ Singh objected to Gaurav sitting in a park adjoining his house on September 22. The argument led to a scuffle. Gaurav returned with a knife to commit the crime the same night.

Whether Gaurav actually killed KJ Singh to avenge the slap or is a professional killer hired by someone else is to be seen into.Kuldeep Singh Chahal, Mohali SSP

Talking to HT on Friday, Mohali senior superintendent of police (SSP) Kuldeep Singh Chahal said: “We are taking whatever Gaurav has confessed to, with a pinch of salt. We will be looking into and clarifying all the theories during his police custody. Whether Gaurav actually killed KJ Singh to avenge the slap or is a professional killer hired by someone else is to be seen into, said Chahal.

Meanwhile, inspector general (crime) Shashi Prabha — who is heading the special investigation team formed by the Punjab government — ruled out involvement of any other person. “If any other person was involved in the double murder, Gaurav would’ve confessed by now,” she said, talking to HT on Friday. “Moreover, we have recovered everything from him, everything missing from KJ’s house, which otherwise would’ve been destroyed by now”.

“If any other person was involved, Gaurav would’ve confessed by now. Moreover, we have recovered everything.”Shashi Prabha, IG (crime), SIT head

From the beginning, police had been asserting that KJ never opened the door to strangers after 7pm. With Gaurav’s arrest, the theory fell flat.

“Yes we still stand by what we pointed out during initial stages of investigation. But we can’t rule out what the accused has confessed to. Gaurav admitted he didn’t open the main gate and rang the door bell twice. That could have prompted KJ Singh to come out to check,” she said.

Meanwhile, police said Gaurav Kumar, 27, had left Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh along with a woman three years younger to him. The two wanted to get married and took up a rented accommodation at Kajheri village in the first week of October. He had earlier gone to Georgia for work and wanted to go back there but his money was stuck with a local travel agent. Police said it was the second time that Gaurav took out KJ Singh’s Ford Icon after the crime. This proved to be his undoing.

First Published: Oct 28, 2017 12:27 IST

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