Mohit Khanna, Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, April 6. The tightening of security during the Assembly elections in the state had rendered Harwinder, Pritpal and Umesh penniless. This came to light during investigation into the gruesome double murder of Moga DSP Balraj Singh Gill and Monica Kapila. The duo was found brutally murdered at a farmhouse near Hambran road in the district.
To make a quick buck, the trio decided to steal cars, as their fourth accomplice Hassanjit had assured them to help in selling stolen vehicles.
The police got a vital clue that could help the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in establishing that the trio was behind the dual murder.
The SIT found that the accused were using the phone of the victims by removing sim cards. During their visit to Naina Devi they clicked pictures from the mobile phone belonging to DSP Gill. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Ashish Cahoudhary said, “The date and time of pictures clicked by mobile phones would be a clinching evidence in the case.” In order to make the case foolproof, the police recovered the weapons in presence of naib tehsildar-cum-sub-registrar (West) Balwinder Singh.
A wristwatch was recovered from Pritpal and the keys of Toyota Innova and Chevrolet Optra had been recovered from the possession of Umesh and Harwinder.
The police said that after committing the double murder the accused fled towards Gurdaspur. There they tried to dispose of the vehicle, but failed to do so. Further, they sold a gold ring to a jeweller located in Mullahpur.
Sources said that in order maintain transparency, Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh today directed Addition Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP-IV) to probe the case. The accused were today sent in police remand till April 9.
Chain of events
The suspects, police said, waited outside farmhouse and when Balraj was locking the gates, one of the suspects hit him on his head with an iron rod.
The DSP fell but soon regained conscious and entered the farmhouse. The DSP challenged the assailants while Monica started screaming for help, which panicked the suspects.
While two assailants kept attacking Gill, the third hit Monica several times with an iron rod. She tried to hide in a bathroom, but the suspect chased and attacked her.
One of the suspects also sustained injuries and his blood soaked hand got printed on Monica’s trouser.
In order to remove evidence, the suspect removed Monica’s trouser and dumped it. Now, the police is trying to located the trouser as it is also a vital evidence.
As the DSP was in an semi-conscious state after the attack, the trio deciced to eliminate him and hit an iron rod on his head and slit his throat later.
Suspect’s kin cry foul
The family members of the three suspects claimed the trio had been falsely booked in the case.
Jeevan Singh, elder brother of Harwinder Singh alias Binder, said that his brother was made “victim of some conspiracy”.