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DSP, woman hacked to death in Ludhiana
Mohit Khanna/TNS

Ludhiana, February 2
In a sensational double murder, Moga DSP Balraj Singh Gill was found hacked to death along with a woman at a farmhouse on the Hambran road here today. The blood-soaked bodies of the duo were found by a police party, which was searching for the ‘missing’ DSP since last evening, at the farmhouse. The place is owned by one Sanjay Agnihotri.

The woman has been identified as Monica Kapila (34) of Model Town in Ludhiana. Balraj’s body was found lying on a sofa with its neck chopped off. It bore multiple injuries, suspected to have been caused by a sword or an axe. The body of the woman was lying in a partially nude condition in the bathroom.

According to DSP’s kin, Balraj (46), a resident of Kitchlu Nagar here, returned home from Moga after his duty last evening. He went for a walk along with his pet dog. In the meantime, his close friend Narinder Pal Singh’s driver came to his house in a car. Gill drove away with the driver. After some time, the DSP rang up his wife and told her that he would be back in an hour. But after some time both his cell phones stopped working. His wife got worried and informed the police, which sounded an alert and a search party was formed to locate the missing cop.

“We came to know around midnight that the DSP had come to the farmhouse. We reached the spot and found the place locked from outside. This rose suspicion,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh.

The police broke open the locks and saw blood stains on the porch and the garden. On entering a room, it found the bodies lying in a pool of blood.

“It appeared that the assailants attacked the victim soon after entering the farmhouse. As the DSP was well built, he might have put up some resistance. The assailants were more then three in number, otherwise, it would have been tough to pin down a cop,” said Police Commissioner Ishwar Chander. The assailants took away the service revolver, besides mobile phones of the victims. They even took away the car in which the DSP had come to the farm house.

The police has found tufts of hair in DSP's hands. Also, some cloth fibres, which stuck in his nails during the scuffle, have been recovered, it said. These have been sent for forensic examination.

“We have some leads. The vehicle was last seen in Noorpur Bait area and even the tower location of the mobiles suggest the same location,” said the commissioner.

“We are probing different angles. It can be a case of contract killing. We are also not ruling out foul play. As Gill enjoyed a clean image, it could be an attempt to malign his image. The DSP and the woman could have been murdered separately and shown together to give an impression that they were together. However, we cannot rule out the illicit relationship angle,” said DCP Ashish Choudhary.

Gill is survived by his wife Harinder Kaur and son Gurman (15). Gill’s father is a retired BSF commandant.

Last night, when the husband of Monica was asked to identify the body, he refused to recognise his wife. But today, the family identified her. The police is probing the involvement of the husband in the crime. 

Gruesome double killing

n The DSP’s body was lying on a sofa with its neck chopped off. It bore multiple injuries, suspected to have been caused by a sword or an axe. The body of the woman was lying in a partially nude condition in the bathroom

n The police is probing various angles and hasn’t ruled out illicit relationship as a reason behind the crime

n The recovery of liquor bottles from the farmhouse gives an impression that the assailants were on the DSP’s prowl 

Gill, a decorated officer

n DSP Balraj Singh Gill was awarded the President’s Medal for his services on August 14, 2010. He had also won many state-level medals for his meritorious service.

n He was a sportsperson and had recently commanded the Republic Day parade at Moga.

n A man who loved car racing, he had participated in the ‘Raid de Himalaya’ on number of occasions.

n Gill’s subordinates remember him as a gentleman and an honest officer. He was soft-spoken and never argued with his staff. — Compiled by Kulwinder Sandu 





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