Ludhiana: On-parole labourer held for murdering co-worker

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LUDHIANA: A day after an 18-year-old labourer was found dead at his house in Thakkarwal village, police on Sunday claimed to have solved the case with the arrest of his co-worker.
Paramjeet Singh, 22 — a convict in a sodomy case who is out on parole — was arrested from his house in the village early on Sunday after the victim’s brother pointed the finger of suspicion at him.

Mahant Kumar was found dead, with a bed-sheet around his neck, at his room in a field around 6.30pm on October 20.

Paramjeet had come out on 42-day parole two weeks ago. He had made the first attempt to sexually assault Mahant on October 18, police said.

Additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP-II) Surendra Lamba said, “Mahant and his brother Ravi Kumar, 16, had relocated to Ludhiana from Bihar two years ago. Both of them worked as labourers. Mahant was earlier living on rent. A few days ago, he asked a farmer — Hardial Singh — to let him live at his motor room in his field, as he was unable to pay the rent.”

He shifted to the motor room three days ago. “On the night of October 19 when Mahant and his brother, who lived nearby, were having dinner together, he told him about Paramjeet and that he was harassing him. Mahant, however, did not tell him about the sexual assault bid Paramjeet made on him,” the ADCP added.

A day later, when Mahant went to to his room for lunch, Paramjeet barged in and tried to sodomise him. As Mahant resisted, Paramjeet strangulated him with his scarf. He then replaced his scarf with a bedsheet, bolted the room from outside and escaped, the cop said.

When Mahant did not return to work after lunch break, his employer — Shinder Pal — called him up several times, but found his phone switched off. While looking for him, he went to his house and saw his cycle parked outside. But as the door was bolted from outside, he returned.

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