Mohit Khanna and Jaswant Shetra, Tribune News Service
Jagraon, May 9. With the arrest of four persons, including a woman, the Jagraon police has solved mysterious disappearance of a 22-year-old Canada-based NRI, who came here to formulate a contract marriage.
With this, the police has also unearthed a state-wide nexus of fake marriage agents who were pocketing huge money through contract marriages.
Amanpal Singh, a native of Toronto in Canada, went missing on January 24.
The Jagraon police claimed that the dead body of Amanpal, who allegedly committed suicide, was stacked in a suitcase and dumped in the Sirhand Feeder Canal by Karamjit Kaur, Kulwant Singh, Aman and hotel owner Gulshan Rai on January 26.
Ludhiana Range DIG MF Farooqui said, “We have yet to recover the body. Perhaps someone might have fished out the suitcase from the canal thinking it to be containing valuables. We are inquiring from residents living close to the canal about finding of a suitcase.” The mystery behind the disappearance unfolded when Tajinder Singh, brother of Amanpal, who lives in Brampton in Canada, lodged a complaint with the Jagraon police a few days ago.
Tajinder stated that Amanpal came to India through a Brampton-based agent Robin alias Rob for formulating a contract marriage on December 16, 2011. The police said Amanpal came into contact with the accused persons through his NRI friend Hardeep.
On reaching Jagraon, Amanpal was made to stay in a hotel for a few days where he met prospective brides and their parents through the accused.
“But Amanpal was rejected by the girls whom he met for contract marriage during his stay in Jagraon. The family background of Amanpal as well as his physical stature foiled the marriage plans,” said DIG Farooqui.
After spending a few days at Jagraon, Kulwant Singh and Kamaljit Kaur arranged his stay at a hotel in Mullanpur Dakha where he met some other prospective brides and their family members, but he was again rejected due to same reasons. “The rejection drove Amanpal into depression. As he was a drug addict, he committed suicide by hanging himself with the ceiling hook on the night of January 24,” said SSP Ludhiana (Rural) Gurpreet Singh Toor.
The incident came to light the next morning when Amanpal did not open the door of his room till afternoon. After this, hotel employees Ram Bahadur and Captain Jaipal broke open the door and found the victim hanging with the ceiling hook.
They immediately informed hotel owner Gulshan Rai who further informed Kulwant Singh, Kamaljit Kaur and Aman. “Without wasting time, the four assembled in the hotel. They decided to dump the body as Gulshan Rai apprehended that informing the police would earn bad name for his hotel and cause unnecessary harassment,” said the SSP.