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Murder mysteries inspired man who killed 4 of a family in Punjab

He was on Tuesday awarded death sentence in the 2004 case.

punjab Updated: Aug 30, 2018 10:57 IST
Shailee Dogra
Shailee Dogra
Hindustan Times, Mohali
Khushwinder Singh
Khushwinder Singh(HT Photo)

Convicted for killing 10 members of two families for money, Khushwinder Singh, 45, of Suhavi village in Fatehgarh Sahib in Punjab was inspired by murder mysteries.

Khushwinder is a man of few words, fond of reading novels, especially murder mysteries. The manner in which he executed murder of four members of a family in 2004 and six members of another family in 2012 was inspired by thrillers.

He was on Tuesday awarded death sentence in the 2004 case.

“He used to read a lot, especially novels. He had even watched a movie where the villain had killed a person by throwing him in a canal and the murder went undetected. The movie gave him an idea,” said HS Dhanoa, who was the defence counsel in the 2012 murder case.

“After throwing the victims in canal he used to wait for about 15 minutes at the murder spot as he had learnt that if a body does not come up in 15 minutes then the person is dead,” said another lawyer closely associated with trial, who did not want to be identified.

He added, “Not taking any chances Khushwinder used to give his victims a prasad laced with intoxicants before asking them to offer prayers at canal.”

Dhanoa said, “I remember him offering tea to his customers at the photostat shop, but he hardly talked to them.”

Khushwinder ran a photostat shop on the district court complex in Fatehgarh Sahib. He had three photostat machines for which he had even taken loan in 2004-2005.

The CBI investigations pointed out that prior to the incident, Khushwinder’s financial condition was not good. However,

his bank account statements from August 2, 2002, to June 30, 2012, showed that after 2004, huge amount was deposited in his account. Kushwinder had spent Rs 7.5 lakh on the construction of his house in 2008 and Rs 4-5 lakh on his marriage even as he had no other source of income except, the photostat shop.

Planned to go abroad

Khushwinder planned to go aboard after committing the first crime in 2004. In 2004-2005, he had even paid Rs 1 lakh to one Anil Khanna to arrange for a visa. This amount was paid after the murder of Kulwant, a commission agent, and his family as he had acquired Rs 34 lakh after selling their land.

Family never visited him: CBI

No member of his family was present in court on Tuesday. “His family never visited him even during the trial,” argued Kumar Rajat, CBI special public prosecutor, while arguing on quantum of sentence.

Modus operandi

Khushwinder Singh had developed friendly relations with Kulwant who used to wait at his shop for his daughter when she used to go for tuitions. Khushwinder was aware that Kulwant used to drink and took drugs. Khushwinder assured him that to resolve all his problems, he will take him to a Baba (who never existed).

For this, the family had to pay him Rs 50,000. The family members were asked to make an offering at the canal and light diyas. He gave them a Prasad, laced with intoxicants. When the family was offering prayers, he pushed them all in the canal.

‘Justice is done’

“Justice is done,” said Jaspal Singh, Kulwant’s brother, who was present in the court to hear the verdict. Besides Kulwant, Khushwinder had killed his wife and two children.

First Published: Aug 29, 2018 11:41 IST