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Finding body in drain, cops stumble on case of murdered NRI

Finding body in drain, cops stumble on case of murdered NRI

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Tribune News Service

Faridkot, February 24

The recovery of the body of an unidentified youth from a waste water drain in Moga led the police to a house at Badhni Kalan village of Moga where another body — of an NRI – had been lying unattended for the past 20 days.

On the basis of their investigation, the police claimed NRI Tirath Singh (40) was clubbed to death by three persons about three weeks back and the assailants dumped the body in his house where he used to stay alone during his return from Hong Kong.

This week, after the recovery of the youth’s body from a drain, the Moga police had constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the case. The police investigation revealed that the deceased was Manikaran Singh, a teenager of Badhni Kalan village.

Further investigation led the police to a closed house in the village where Tirath’s body — in highly decomposed condition — was found.

Interlinking both murders, the police arrested two persons Kulwinder Singh and Rajesh Kumar of the village.

The police claim that a group of three friends – Manikaran, Kulwinder and Rajesh — had killed NRI Tirath on the intervening night of February 1 and 2. They locked the body inside the house and no one came to know about it as he used to live alone, the police added.

But some days after this murder, the assailants had some argument and Manikaran threatened Kulwinder and Rajesh that he would disclose the crime. So Kulwinder and Rajesh decided to eliminate Manikaran.

On the pretext of showing him a film, the duo invited Manikaran to Moga, made him drink liquor and strangled him to death. They dumped the body in a drain near a railway line in Moga on February 22, said Balwant Singh, SHO, Mehna police station.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Kulwinder had some old dispute with Tirath Singh as he owned a piece of land adjacent to the NRI’s land.

The police said that two murder cases have been registered. The case for Tirath Singh’s murder has been registered at Badhni Kalan police station and for Manikaran’s death, FIR has been registered at Mehna police station.

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