The police claimed to have solved the murder of Jaskirat Singh, four weeks after the 14-year-old son of a Kapurthala industrialist was found tortured to death. They said the Class-10 student was murdered by his cousin, Parvinder Singh Shelly, 18, and his two friends.

Inspector general of police Lok Nath Angra said on Sunday that Shelly had masterminded the murder driven by jealousy against his wealthy uncle and Jaskirat’s father, Narinder Singh. Shelly’s father works as a manager in a private firm and earns about Rs 40,000 per month.

Nath said Shelly and his friends, Rajinder Singh and Arshdeep Singh, both 19-year-old students, had drawn inspiration by watching crime serials on TV. He said the trio was cautious and did not carry their mobile phones to avoid being traced.

The teenagers were arrested after police scanned the CCTV footage of a local shop on Fattu Dhinga road, from where Jaskirat went missing on April 11, Nath added. He said the police were keeping tabs on Jaskirat’s family, suspecting some of his close relatives might be involved.

Nath said the teenagers had killed Jaskirat immediately after abducting him in an i20 car, but made a ransom call to his uncle the next day to earn money and mislead police investigation.
The police had formed a special five-member team to crack the case on the day Jaskirat went missing. But investigation picked up only after DGP Suresh Arora formed a three-member special investigation team (SIT) led by deputy inspector general of police, Jalandhar range, Rajinder Singh, to probe the case.

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The minor son of city industrialists who was found murdered on Wednesday was subjected to torture by kidnappers, revealed the post-mortem report.

Class-10 student Jaskirat Singh (14) was kidnapped on Monday. The report by a medical board of comprising three doctors revealed that the accused used a rope to strangle the boy thrice and his eight ribs were found fractured, the medical board said, adding the accused had tied bricks to the boy’s body and the police presume that the accused might had planned to throw the body into a river.
The accused dumped the body in a field, 3km from a bridge over the Beas river near Goindwal after spotting a checkpoint and closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed at the entrance of the bridge.

“Fractures in ribs indicate that the accused strangulated the boy by sitting on his chest as there were no visible marks of sharp injuries on his chest,” examination revealed.

The three-member board comprising Dr Ranbir Singh, Dr Harpreet, and Dr Narinder Singh conducted the post-mortem on Thursday at the Kapurthala civil hospital.

The board also denied that the accused used acid to kill the boy. “We did not find any traces of acid on the body. His face was swollen due to extreme heat and blockage of blood flow,” Dr Narinder told HT over phone.

Kidnappers might be known to family: Cops

The police are suspecting involvement of persons close to the family behind the crime. The police said it was a planned murder and a ransom call was made to misguide the police and the family. The kidnappers made a call from a mobile phone which was snatched from a migrant migrated worker on March 21.

Station house officer Sukha Singh, who is part of the three-member special investigating team, said preliminary investigations point towards rivalry and someone close to the family kidnapped and killed the boy.

“We have recovered the CCTV camera footage from shops in the market, but the kidnappers’ faces are not clear. The CCTV camera installed at the bridge near Goindwal was also damaged by a truck driver on April 10, a day before the boy was kidnapped,” SHO added.

Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rajinder Singh also said a person known to the family was behind the incident. He did not divulge details and said investigations were no.
Police ask shopkeepers to install CCTV cameras

The deputy superintendents of police (DSPs) held a series of meetings on Thursday with various non-governmental organisations and shopkeepers in Kapurthala and Phagwara and asked them to install CCTV cameras on their premises.

Superintendent of police (headquarters), Kapurthala, Balvir Singh said they have directed resident and shopkeepers to install CCTV cameras. “There are around 30 functional cameras in the city and we have decided to install 50 to 70 more cameras in city markets this month,” he said.

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