Chandigarh realtor held for contract killing of his wife(Lead)

May 19th, 2008 - 11:36 pm ICT by admin  


Chandigarh, May 19 (IANS) After several twists in the investigation into a woman’s murder here, the Chandigarh police Monday arrested her husband, property dealer Baljinder Singh Sandhu, for giving a contract to his servant to kill her. Sandhu was formally arrested Monday evening after he was questioned Sunday and detained Monday.

His wife Anuradha, 33, was found killed at their residence in Sector 38-west here late Saturday night while he was partying at a discotheque. Their two children, aged 10 and 8 years, were found locked in a room in their house.

Sandhu’s arrest followed disclosures by his domestic help Vijay Pal alias Nikku that he had given him the “contract” to eliminate her.

Nikku during his interrogation revealed that Sandhu had given him a contract to kill Anuradha, who used to run a boutique from home, as their relationship was strained, Chandigarh’s Senior Superintendent of Police S.S. Srivastava said.

“We have arrested Sandhu on the basis of the leads from Nikku’s interrogation and also the circumstantial evidence against him,” Deputy Superintendent of Police Satbir Singh said.

Sandhu is said to have relations with other women.

The police initially suspected Nikku’s role in the murder but they said Sunday that his body had been found near Ropar town in Punjab, 40 km from here. A day later, however, the police said Nikku was found and arrested.

They said the body recovered from Ropar was that of Sunil, a domestic help working in the house adjoining Sandhu’s.

Nikku and his accomplice abducted Sunil after slitting Anuradha’s throat and murdered him near Ropar, the police said. The two smashed Sunil’s face with bricks to make recognition difficult.

They also left a few of Nikku’s identification documents near Sunil’s body to hoodwink investigators, said the police.

Sandhu had claimed that robbery had been committed in his house after his wife was murdered and that Rs.300,000 in cash and jewellery worth Rs.1 million were missing since the incident.

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