Mohali murder | Body in suitcase: Seerat hid pistol magazine in ‘dal’ container, says chargesheet
The chargesheet further says that the almirah’s handle too had blood strains. Its sample has been sent to a forensic lab for testing.punjab Updated: Jul 22, 2017 14:25 IST
Seerat Kaur, who has been charged with her husband Ekam Singh Dhillon’s murder, had allegedly hidden the pistol magazine inside a ‘dal’ container in the kitchen of their rented accommodation at Phase 3B1.
The Mohali police had recovered the magazine after Seerat’s arrest. This was revealed in the police chargesheet filed recently in a local court, which paved the way for the murder trial from August 17.
According to the chargesheet, Seerat was arrested from a park near Micro Tower in Mohali, hours after Ekam’s body was found stashed in a suitcase outside their house after the murder on March 18.
During interrogation, she reportedly told police that the pistol that she used to kill her husband was kept inside a wooden almirah while the magazine was hidden in a ‘dal’ container, which the police took in their custody later.
The chargesheet further says that the almirah’s handle too had blood strains. Its sample has been sent to a forensic lab for testing.
Challan silent on property details
Even as Ekam’s family alleged his murder was premeditated and committed to grab his properties, the chargesheet is so far silent on his property details. It mentioned that the special investigating team probing the matter was in middle of gathering crucial information.
- The bloodstained clothes that Seerat left at the local gurdwara after abandoning Ekam’s body could have been a vital case property.
- But the chargesheet revealed that cop Sulkhan Singh burnt the clothes sensing that the presence of bloodstained clothes at a religious place could spark communal tension. Ekam’s family counsel Tarminder Singh said it was a “foolish act”. In his statement in the police document, the cop, who is currently posted at Dera Bassi, stated that the bag containing slippers and clothes was noticed by Amb Sahib Gurdwara officials at 11.30am on March 19.
- “As I was the duty officer at the Phase-8 police station, under which this Gurdwara falls, I reached the spot following the call by its manager. However, I suspected the clothes could have the blood of some animal and was thrown there by miscreants to create communal tension. To make sure that this does not hurt religious feelings, I burnt it,” he stated.
- “I did not do this intentionally since I had no idea that the clothes were related to a murder case,” he said. Tarminder Singh said the bloodstained clothes could have further strengthened the murder case against Seerat.
In the chargesheet, however, Ekam’s brother Darshan Singh Dhillion claimed that his brother had commercial properties in Gurgaon besides 4-5 acres of land in Mullanpur that he purchased in the name of Seerat’s mother, who is also under the police scanner. Even the BMW car in which the suitcase containing his body was kept was registered in the name of Seerat’s mother even as Ekam had purchased it.
The victim’s father, Jaspal Singh, said Ekam was forced to buy properties in his mother-in-law’s name as he was among the accused in the Punjab citrus scam along with wife. He also owned a major chunk of property in Dera Bassi, which he purchased through his friends, and it is currently under acquisition for setting up a solid waste treatment plant.
Jaspal said the fear of recovery in the citrus scam forced Ekam to buy properties in the name of people known to him. But despite specifying the names of people owning his properties, the police did not call them for investigation.
Mohali senior superintendent of police Kuldeep Chahal could not be contacted for a comment on the issue.
Seerat’s mobile still not recovered
Seerat’s mobile phone, which can provide vital evidence in this case, is yet not be recovered.
Ekam’s family counsel Tarminder Singh said as mentioned in the statement of the couple’s son and also other witnesses, Seerat had handed over her mobile phone to a relative before making an attempt to dispose of the body on March 19. But the police investigation is silent on this so far.
First Published: Jul 22, 2017 14:22 IST