The DNA report from Mohali-based forensic laboratory has confirmed that the body flown to London by police was not of UK-based NRI Ranjit Singh Powar who was allegedly murdered last year, it is learnt.
Powar, 54, was allegedly murdered in Jalandhar in May last year.
Though Jalandhar Police is yet to confirm about the DNA report, sources said the DNA sample of Powar’s mother did not match with the body recovered by the police, further deepening the mystery in the alleged murder case.
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It is learnt that the DNA report will be submitted in the court by Jalandhar police on March 31.
Powar had arrived in Jalandhar on May 8, 2015 and went missing on the same day.
A few days later, the Punjab Police claimed that Powar had been murdered and his body thrown into Bhakra canal. Powar’s NRI friend Baldev Singh Deol and Sukhdev Singh, resident of Manakpur village in Jalandhar, who was driving them, were booked on charges of his murder. While Deol was declared proclaimed offender, Sukhdev was arrested and put in jail. On June 1, the Punjab police fished out a body from Bhakra canal and claimed it could be of Powar. His friend Ranjit Singh, also based in UK, came to Punjab, identified it and took the body to UK.
In September last, Powar’s family on Facebook said that sent body was not his.
In October last year, Punjab police had collected blood samples of Powar’s mother to match it with the DNA samples taken from the body that they believed to be of Powar.
Earlier, the UK police too had said that the body sent to UK was not of Powar as per the DNA tests conducted in UK last year.
Then, on March 1, 2016, the body, wrongly believed to be that of Powar, was handed over to Social Services department for the last rites.
ADCP-2, Amrik Singh Puar, who is supervising the investigation, could not be contacted after repeated attempts.
Sukhdev Singh’s counsel Narinder Pal Singh said, “After Powar’s family disclosed, in October last year, that it was not his body that was sent to them by Punjab Police, we filed a fresh petition that murder charges must be dropped in this case and Sukhdev Singh be released on bail. But police argued in the court that since the report of a DNA test was yet awaited, Sukhdev should not be released. Now police will submit the DNA report in court soon.”