CHANDIGARH: , from village in tehsil of Haryana‘s district, accused of murdering his niece and two nephews in November, allegedly committed suicide in Kurukshetra jail late on Thursday evening.
It could not be ascertained exactly when and how Jagdeep had committed suicide, but the Kurukshetra police have asked for a judicial inquest into the custodial death. Sources in Haryana police confirmed news about Jagdeep‘s death had been communicated to them late on Thursday evening. “The accused was in judicial custody. Hence, the police had a very little role to play. Since a judicial inquest is under way, our cops will work under supervision of a judicial officer for this purpose,” Haryana director-general of police B S Sandhu said. Despite repeated attempts, DGP (jails) K P Singh was not available for comments on the custodial death.
Jagdeep had been arrested for brutally murdering his two minor nephews and a niece by shooting them in the back of their heads with a country-made pistol. He had dumped their bodies in a secluded forest of Panchkula‘s Morni hills near Sher Gujra village.
Property angle behind killing of kids: Cops
The bodies were recovered on November 21.
Jagdeep had taken his cousin Sonu‘s children — Sameer
(11), Simran (8), and Samar (4) — from their home without informing anybody and returned the same day by 5pm after murdering them. He had even looked for the missing kids so that no one suspected his role in the triple murder. However, the police became suspicious when villagers told them that they had last seen the children with Jagdeep. Later, he confessed to the crime.
Police had found Sameer‘s body in the forest area. Simran‘s body was found a little further away and Samar‘s was about 2.5 km inside the forest.
Jagdeep was married and had a year-old son. He was virtually brought up in Sonu‘s house after his father passed away about 15 years ago.
Cops said Jagdeep had committed the murders for acquiring their property. The police also suspected Jagdeep had allegedly committed his young brother Varinder‘s murder two years ago, with the same motive.
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