A 30-YEAR-OLD man died at Togan village on Monday allegedly after being beaten up by three people who accused him of stealing a cycle rickshaw. Police have registered a case of murder and are now looking for the three, two of them women, identified as Sarmishta and Poonam, and the third a man identified as Neela Chowdhary. The cycle rickshaw belonged to Sarmishta, and the incident took place over the weekend. The dead man was identified as Amarnath. Like the suspects, he was also a resident of Togan village, and had been missing from his home since Saturday. His wife lodged a complaint with the police the same day.
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The investigating officer of the case, Assistant Sub-Inspector Satinder Singh, told Chandigarh Newsline that Amarnath, a labourer, left his home on Saturday and did not return. According to the police, Narbada said that when she was looking for her husband, both Sarmishtha and Poonam told her that they had a brawl with Amarnath because they caught him stealing their cycle rickshaw.
Narbada told the police that when her husband returned home on Sunday afternoon, he had been badly beaten with his clothes torn and injuries on his head. According to Narbada, she and other family members then took Amarnath to Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, Chandigarh, where doctors declared him dead.
Narbada alleged that Poonam and Sarmistha along with Neela beaten her husband with sticks and that caused his death.
Amarnath was a labourer and at times used to sell vegetables on a cycle rickshaw in neighbouring villages. Poonam and Sarmistha are also migrant labourers who have been living at Togan village for the past few years.
The police officials said that they were yet to get the post-mortem report of Amarnath but a physical examination of the body showed severe injuries to his head.
The Station House Officer (SHO), Mullanpur Garibdas police station, Sub-Inspector Iqbal Singh, said that they had registered a murder case against Sarmistha, Poonam and Neela Choudhary but the accused were not arrested yet. The SHO added that they were raiding the houses of relatives of the accused to arrest them.