A lower court of Chandigarh on Monday extended by two days the police remand of the two youths involved in the murder of Kailash Chand,a Sector 22 shopowner. The duo,Sanchit Verma and Nazir Khan,were arrested by the Chandigarh Police last week on charges of murdering Kailash Chand.
The court had earlier ordered two-day police remand of the duo which expired on Monday. The police sought further remand to conclude its investigations. The third accused in the case,Rakesh Pachar,is on the run.
The grounds taken by the police to seek further police remand are that the source of weapon (country-made pistol) is yet to be inquired into. The assailants had fired at the trader by a country-made pistol which was recovered from the crime spot in Sector 22. Preliminary investigation had revealed that the pistol was given by Sanchit Verma,a neighbour of Kailash Chand,to the assailants. The other reason cited by the police is that the shirt worn by Nazir Khan at the time of incident is yet to be recovered. The two accused in custody will now be produced before the court on August 2.
Investigations have revealed that the assailants had gone with the intention of robbery. The two had opened fire at Kailash and his brother after the two brothers had protested. The case was cracked within 24 hours by the special investigation team constituted by the police and headed by Deputy Superintendent of Police Satbir Singh.
The two assailants,both drug addicts,were in need of money to purchase smack and other drugs. To earn money,Nazir Khan,a resident of Dhanas,contacted his friend Sanchit Verma,a resident of Sector 22,Chandigarh,and a neighbour of Kailash Chand. Sanchit often used to visit Kailash Chands shop to get his mobile phone recharged. Sanchit advised Nazir Khan to strike at Kailash Chands shop late in the night as he (Sanchit) knew that Kailash and his brother (who suffered injures in the attack) used to keep the rear gate of his shop open after 11 pm.
Sanchit had also told the two assailants (Nazir and Rakesh) that Kailash Chand would be an easy target as he (Kailash) was frail and that he wore a heavy gold chain. The country-made pistol (.32 bore) was given by Sanchit to the two to scare Kailash and his brother. The three,on the fateful night,went on foot to the shop in Sector 22. While Sanchit remained outside the shop as the lookout,Nazir and Rakesh went inside with the country-made pistol and a dagger.