NRI murdered in Moga, body found in house after 15 days

Chandigarh: The body of a 17-year-old boy was discovered in a drain near Mehna village in Punjab’s Moga district at on Friday, the police said.

Deceased Identified as Manikaran Singh, a resident of Badhni Khurd, the teenager’s body was retrieved from the drain in Mehna, Moga.

According to the deceased’s brother, Manikaran Singh had left on Thursday morning with two friends, Harjeet Singh and Kulwinder Singh, stating their intention to watch a movie. However, when he failed to return home by mid night, his brother reported him missing to the police.

Following a statement from the deceased’s brother, Manikaran Singh’s two friends, Kulwinder Singh and Harjeet Singh, were detained and interrogated. It was revealed during interrogation that Harjeet Singh and Kulwinder Singh had jointly murdered Manikaran Singh and disposed of his body in the drain near Mehna, Moga. Subsequently, the police recovered Manikaran Singh’s body at the scene. Furthermore, the suspects confessed to another murder during questioning.

Fifteen days prior, Harjeet Singh, Kulwinder Singh, and Manikaran Singh had collectively killed 40-year-old NRI Mandeep Singh in his residence in Badhni Khurd. NRI Mandeep Singh resided alone at his home, and his body was discovered by the police on Friday evening and transferred to Moga Civil Hospital. According to Mandeep Singh’s neighbor, Jagga Singh, Mandeep Singh was involved in leasing land for cultivation. However, he had not been seen by anyone in the village for 15 days, leading neighbors to assume he had left.

The Station House Officer (SHO) of Badhni Kalan reported that they received information about a body found in Moga’s Badhni Khurd village. Subsequently, another murder came to light during the interrogation of Manikaran Singh’s two friends based on the deceased’s brother’s statement.

Acting on this revelation, the police recovered the NRI’s body from his residence. The police investigation is ongoing to determine the motive behind the murders of Manikaran and Mandeep Singh. Both bodies were sent to Moga Civil Hospital for post-mortem examination.