The Mohali police on Sunday questioned the mother and maternal grandparents of Mehram Sandhu, the six-year-old boy who was found murdered in Sector 69 on November 7.
This is the first time that the police have questioned Harinder Kaur and her parents Jaswinder Kaur and Balwinder Singh.
The special investigation team comprising SP (detective) G S Grewal, ASP Akhil Chaudhary and DSP Navreet Virk called them to the phase 8 police station and questioned them for close to an hour about various aspects of the incident, and their strained relations with Mehram’s Sydney-based father Varinderpal Singh and his family members, who live in Mohali and Kharar.
Balwinder Singh had lodged a complaint against Varinderpal, his father Nirmal Singh, sister Parminder Kaur and her husband Prabhjit Singh after Mehram went missing from a park near his residence in phase 9 on October 28. Varinderpal and Harinder have separated, but there is a financial dispute between the two families.
The police have questioned Varinderpal’s relatives, and have also spoken to him over the phone several times, but have not found anything against them.
The police asked Harinder Kaur and her parents for a detailed list of their relatives, neighbours and acquaintances whom they even remotely suspected in the crime. Harinder was particularly asked about some friends and acquaintances with whom she had been in touch for the last few months.
They were told about a similar incident that took place in Chandigarh a few years ago when Khushpreet Singh, a young boy, was abducted and murdered by neighbours at Burail.
Sources said people connected to the family via social media were also being questioned, and a few suspects were rounded up for questioning