PHAGWARA: A Punjabi-Canadian couple has been found murdered at their home in Onkar Nagar here, the police said on Sunday. The deceased had come to India in November last and were supposed to return on April 8, but were stranded due to the lockdown.
While the neighbours came to know about the murder on Saturday late evening, the police suspect that the couple – Kirpal Singh Minhas (67) and his wife Devinder Kaur Minhas (65) – were killed on Friday night. However, their valuables were found intact. A tenant living in the upper portion of the house has been missing since Saturday morning and the police are trying to track him.
The couple was living in Canada with their children, who would daily call them up around 6pm. Their neighbour Gurcharan Singh told the police that on Friday evening, his wife and Devinder Kaur were together at gurdwara and they had returned around the same time.
“When I was going back to home, I first thought of checking if my wife had gone to their home. But, as I walked up to their house, I found that lights were off. When I knocked, one person, probably the tenant, said they were asleep and I returned to my home,” he said. He clarified that he did not actually see the tenant – Jaspal Singh alias Jassi Dholi – but assumed that it was his voice.
He said their daughter had called up around 6pm on Saturday. But, when she did not get any response, she called up at his wife’s phone, saying that her parents and the tenant were not reachable on their phones. “When I and another neighbour went to their home, there was no response from inside while the gate was bolted from inside. We also informed their daughter about it,” he said.
In turn, the couple’s daughter informed their relatives that something was wrong, and the relatives informed the police, who entered the house and found that both were lying dead in their bedroom.
“The man had been repeatedly stabbed with Kirpan, while the woman seemed to have been strangulated to death,” Phagwara City SHO Onkar Singh Brar said.
Kapurthala SSP Satinder Singh, who also visited the spot, said they had named their tenant Jassi Dholi as an accused in the FIR after preliminary investigation and a police team had already been sent to arrest him.