Phagwara police claim to have solved the murder of an NRI, who had come to Ludhiana, with the arrest of a woman who allegedly befriended him, got details of his bank accounts, withdrew money, poisoned and killed him, and finally buried the body in the backyard of her rented house in Khambra village of Jalandhar district of Punjab.
To ensure the body is not discovered, she allegedly planted a sapling on the spot and used the victim’s cellphone to send text messages to his friends, telling them ‘he’ was vacationing.
Malti Minhas’s nearly 50-day run came to an end on Tuesday when police stopped a car. They recovered 350 grams of heroin, Rs 5 lakh cash and learnt that the car belonged to Raminder Singh, the NRI who was missing since January. Further questioning of Minhas brought out the details, Phagwara SP Ashwini Kumar said. According to him, Minhas had withdrawn the cash from bank accounts of Raminder.
Minhas told police that she befriended Raminder online. According to her confession, she extracted details about his properties. On January 14, Minhas drugged his food. Minhas and her friend Paramjit Kaur Cheema kept him drugged for five days and withdrew money with his debit cards. Raminder died on January 19. The body was disposed of in the backyard. The police are looking for Cheema.